China, Japan Have Giant Salamanders

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Who knew? Giant salamanders exist in the wild in Japan and China.

Wikipedia:

The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Ōsanshōuo (オオサンショウウオ/大山椒魚?), literally meaning “giant pepper fish”. With a length of up to almost 1.5 m (5 ft), it is the second-largest salamander in the world, only being surpassed by the very similar and closely related Chinese giant salamander (A. davidianus).

A student in Kyoto, Japan saw a Giant Salamander near a river while walking to school last year.  The Japanese Giant Salamader is on the IUCN’s “red list” as a “near-threatened species,” according to the video.

Video by ODN and the British newspaper The Telegraph.

(Updated article)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10965843/Giant-salamander-discovered-on-walk-to-school-in-Japan.html

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