The slippery, slimy giant salamander patrols most of the scenic mountain rivers in China and Japan. This ugly, wart-covered predator spends most of its life alone as it hunts for a meal. It likes to lurk in muddy water bottoms to ambush potential victims. It's also a powerful swimmer that can chase down prey.
Pinned Down: Multiple rows of tiny, sharp teeth line the salamander's jaw. Once prey is caught by these small skewers, not even the slimiest fish can wiggle free.
Rear Jet: The giant salamander's tail is flat and muscular. A few quick strokes give the beast a burst of underwater speed.
Smack Down: The only time giant salamanders gather together is to breed. Bloody fights break out between rival males, which can leave the loser without a limb or even dead.
Egg Watcher: After a pairs egg is fertilized, the male salamander chases the female out of the area - otherwise she would eat them. The male stands guard over the eggs until they hatch 5-6 months later.