5 Interesting Facts About Chinese Giant Salamanders

Chinese Giant Salamander

This is a Chinese giant salamander resting on a rock

Today I want to write about an amazing amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These huge amphibians grow to about 1.8 metres long, making them the largest amphibians in the world.
  2. They have a very large head and tiny eyes with no eyelids.  They also have very poor eyesight.  Chinese giant salamanders hunt at night and eat frogs, crayfish, snails, insects and fish.  They detect their prey from the vibrations in the water.
  3. They spend their entire lives under water, but don’t have gills.  They absorb oxygen through their skin.
  4. At breeding time, the females lay between 400-500 eggs, which the males look after until they hatch.  The babies measure about 3 cm long.
  5. Chinese giant salamanders can be found in fast flowing cold streams in the mountains of China.  They used to be common, but are now critically endangered due to habitat loss and excessive hunting.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Chinese giant salamanders?

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