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The Salamanders of Indiana!

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Photo by Andrew Hoffman

A very prehistoric looking animal, believed to have been around for quite some time, sadly is becoming very uncommon in Indiana, and is listed as endangered. Any way, this animal is thought of as ugly and creepy, I just love em'! I have only had a hand full of encounters with this animal, and each time I felt very sad for it's decline. The hellbender is one of our largest salamanders, and is completely aquatic. It is reported that they can live more than twenty years.