Huge US salamander is disappearing from Eastern rivers, worrying scientists

  • by: RICK CALLAHAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 10, 2014 - 2:05 AM

CORYDON, Ind. — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

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