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