25ACTUALLY FOUND- Giant Japanese Salamander- Yep, It’s Pretty Darn Big
Only the second largest species of salamander in the world? Ah, well, it’s better than nothing. They still grow up to 1.5 meters long and can weigh up to 25 kilograms, which is a whole heaping heckola of a lot of salamander by anyone’s standards.
The Giant Japanese Salamander is featured
in River Monsters season 3, episode 6. It sees Wade pursuing the Kappa, a legendary water demon of Japanese folklore, only to encounter one of these strange and noble creatures instead.
The Japanese salamander is cross-breeding with its critically endangered Chinese counterpart (the largest salamander specimen on Earth), and it’s one of these hybrids that Wade catches a glimpse of. In this case, his catch itself wasn’t so impressive, relatively speaking.