The Hellbenders of North Carolina. Who are they and what do they mean for our survival?. What is a Hellbender?. Cryptobranchus alleganiensis are extremely large, completely aquatic salamanders native to the Eastern United States. The largest hellbender ever recorded was nearly 2 1/2 ft. long.
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Who are they and what do they mean for our survival?
A hellbender won’t bother canoeist or other outdoor enthusiasts. If disturbed, it may snap at a potential captor, but it is not venomous.In fact they have no teeth but a hard boney mouth like a catfish.
Juvenile hellbenders are born with gills but when they are 4” – 5” inches in length and 18 months of age they loose their gills.