A very large salamander that is native to North America and eastern Asia.
a permanently aquatic salamander (three species in the family Cryptobranchidae), e.g., the American hellbendera terrestrial salamander (three species in the family Dicamptodontidae), of western North America‘The closest relative of the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders is the hellbender of the eastern U.S.’
- ‘The earliest ones looked like giant salamanders, measuring about four feet long, Hedges said.’
- ‘You can even see deer, giant salamanders and goats, if lucky.’
- ‘Living relatives include the Asian giant salamander, which can grow as big as a small human adult, and the smaller hellbender of North America.’
- ‘It is also similar to the endangered Asian giant salamander, which can grow more than 5 feet long.’