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Posted on Mon, May 28, 2012 : 11:35 a.m.

University of Michigan students participate in search for largest salamander in North America

By Katrease Stafford

Ten University of Michigan students participated in the annual amphibian-hunting trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Each year, students enrolled in the university's biology of amphibians and reptiles course spend several days searching for salamanders and other amphibians.

The highlight of the trip is the hunt for giant hellbender salamanders, which live under flat rocks in cold, fast-moving streams. Hellbenders can grow up to two-feet in length and are the largest aquatic salamanders in North America.

Check out this video for information about this year's trip.


Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

When our youngest daughter complained she didn't have a pet, I jokingly told her she could have the first thing that crawled out from under a rock, which is how we happened to have a salamander living with us for a time. Not much fun as pets. They hide in the dirt or under whatever is in their enclosure most of the time.

Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 12:34 p.m.

Is this like hillbilly hand fishing?


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

I had one when I was a kid and it escaped.When it came out of the drain my mom acted like it was a world record

Paula Gardner

Mon, May 28, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

FYI, I'm having difficulty viewing this in Safari - but it's working in Firefox. If you can't view the video, try another browser.


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

VERY cool


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

nice video...i see a "river monsters: amphibian version " sub franchise in the future of the animal planet network.