The Japanese giant salamander is a large species of amphibian native to the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Honshu. The salamander is true to its name, growing to an adult length of 5 feet and weighing up to 55 pounds. More »

While some salamanders can live up to 55 years, the average lifespan is 10 years. The lifespan of the spotted salamander in the wild is 20 years, and the lifespan of the tiger salamander is 12 to 15 years in the wild. More »

A wild salamander eats slugs, worms and small arachnids such as spiders and millipedes. One example of a wild salamander is the spotted salamander, which leaves its burrow at night to hunt these creatures. The giant Japa... More »

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