Across North America various species of adorable little salamanders get ‘oohs’ and ‘awwws’ get talked to like babies.
In Japan, home of fun little critters like Godzilla, things are a little different.
For a while the giant salamander population has been in a severe decline due to dams being built in their spawning path. That’s all changing as a new’ environmentally-minded generation has taken to protecting the species.
While North America does have a ‘giant’ salamander species known as the ‘hellbender’, its ‘giant’ status is misleading. At 9 inches, the North American salamander is laughable compared to its Asian cousins which can reach five feet in length and weigh in at around 80 lbs!