Chinese Giant Salamander

Chinese Giant Salamander

Scientific Name – Andrias davidianus

Classification – Cryptobranchidae

Baby Name – Efts

Collective Noun – Congress, band or maelstrom

Average Length – 115 cm (3.77 ft)

Average Weight – 25–30 kg

Top Speed – 0.1 m/s

Life Expectancy – Up to 80 years

Mating Season – July – September

Incubation Period – 50–60 days

Special Features – Completely aquatic; they vocalize which includes barking, hissing, whining, or crying sounds

Family Unit – Solitary except during the breeding season; during breeding time, both male and female maintain a territory

Geographical Distribution – China (native), Japan and Taiwan (introduced)

World Population – Unknown

Conservation Status – Critically Endangered

Natural Habitat – Rocky hill streams, clear water lakes at an altitude of about 200 to 2,000 meters above sea level

Diet – Insects, millipedes, horsehair worms, frogs, salamanders, fish, freshwater crabs, shrimp

Predators –Humans