Last week I told you how the Eastern hellbender was on its way to become the official state amphibian of PennsylvaniaAs of yesterday, it’s now official!  It is the largest salamander in North America.

Hellbenders are primarily nocturnal salamanders that survive in cold, clear running streams and live under rocks.  They are an indicator of clean water.  They can grow to more than two feet in length and feed mostly on crayfish at night.  Other names for them are mud devil, devil dog, ground puppy, snot otter, lasagna lizard and Allegheny alligator.

 

More information on the Eastern hellbender can be found by clicking the following link:

https://www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/amphibians/eastern-hellbender/