Freake, Michael Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee.
- Life cycle
- Decline of hellbenders
- Conservation and management
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Hellbenders are North America's largest and most spectacular salamanders (Fig. 1), reaching lengths of 75 cm (30 in.) and weights of 3 kg (6.6 lb) or more. Several folktales have arisen to explain the name “hellbender,” but the earliest references attribute the name to the slow, twisting movement of these creatures when moving under water, analogous to the fanciful suffering of tortured souls in hell.
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