The Chinese giant salamander is the world's largest salamander with an average length of 3 ft (1 m). Its head is broad and flattened with a broad mouth. It has four short limbs and a compressed tail that comprises more than half of its length. This species has smooth skin and paired tubercles (smooth, rounded bumps) on the snout, periphery of the eye, and other parts of the head; thick skin folds with larger tubercles are seen on the sides of its body. A. davidianus is dark brown or pale brown above and lighter underneath; irregular black patches are scattered over its upper side.
The Chinese giant salamander ranges widely over north, central, south, and southwest China, primarily in tributaries of the Pearl,The Chinese giant salamander inhabits mountain streams at elevations between 300 ft (100 m) and 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level.
This species shelters in caves during the day and emerges to search for food at night.
Chinese salamander is carnivorous and feeds on crabs, fish, frogs, shrimp, molluscs, and aquatic insects. It is especially fond of crabs. It also occasionally feeds on refuse, including putrid meat.
The Chinese giant salamander is listed as a second grade protected animal on the List of Major Protective Wildlife of the State issued by the Chinese Ministry of Forestry and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in 1989.
What can be done to save it
The primary threat to the survival of this species is over-exploitation for food and medicine. The meat of this salamander is said to be smooth, white, delicious, and high in nutrients. we need to stop eating them.
Names of people or organizations that are helping save your animal
chinese government protects the giant salamander , giant salamander is listed a second grand protected animal.
At least one interesting fact
A female produces 300 to more than 1,000 eggs depending on her size