5 Interesting Facts About Hellbenders

Hellbender

This is a hellbender waiting for some prey to come past

I like finding animals with really weird names, so today I want to write about one of the strangest sounding animals in the world, the hellbender.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large salamanders grow up to 74 cm long, making them the third largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese and Japanese giant salamanders.
  2. They are born with gills, but when they turn into adults, they breathe through their folds of skin that run along their side.  They need fast-flowing water to give them enough oxygen to survive.
  3. Hellbenders mainly eat crayfish and small fish, although they are also known to eat their own eggs.
  4. At breeding time, the males dig a small hole under a log or rock in the water.  They then lure a female in there and block the way out until she lays her eggs.  An average of 150-200 eggs are usually laid and the male then fertilises them.
  5. Hellbenders are found in a few eastern states of the United States.  They are considered threatened due to habitat loss, disease and poaching for the pet trade.

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 hellbenders?

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2 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Hellbenders

  1. very interesting.a couple years ago i was fishing a small stream called nanticoke creek in upstate Ny. i live just 5 mins from this stream and often fish in these waters. i think i caught a Mudpuppy by accident which came out of the water and landed on the waters edge.totally broke my line before i could get a good look at it. i,m thinking it was about 12 to 15 inches long. what a total rush. the hair on my arms stood right up.i,ll be keeping my eyes for these cool little guys. any more information please email me . thk you .Perry ashley

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