A Japanese giant salamander climbing an underwater rock

Japanese giant salamander

Japanese giant salamanders can grow up to 1.5m long, and are the second largest salamanders in the world. They can survive for weeks without eating, owing to their very slow metabolism.

Scientific name: Andrias japonicus

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Japanese giant salamander taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Japanese giant salamander can be found in a number of locations including: Asia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Japanese giant salamander distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Behaviours

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2004

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Amphibians
  5. Salamanders
  6. Cryptobranchidae
  7. Asian giant salamanders
  8. Japanese giant salamander

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