The Hellbender!

One of the most incredible experiences of my life was when I first saw
Hellbenders in the wild. Hellbenders, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, are
one of North America's largest salamanders. Below are photos from a field
trip in 1998 to observe these giants in a river in western New York. In
the right-hand photo, Kelly Zamudio and Wes Savage watch a
hellbender return to its lair beneath a large rock.

The Hellbender
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis

Kelly and Wes
watching a hellbender
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  • Go to my Frog Photo Gallery
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  • Some interesting outside links:
  • Center for North American Herpetology
  • Amphibia Web
  • Declining Amphibians Population Task Force
  • California Herps
  •, a website with a wealth of information on salamanders, and how to maintain them in captivity