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hellbender:

see salamandersalamander,
an amphibian of the order Urodela, or Caudata. Salamanders have tails and small, weak limbs; superficially they resemble the unrelated lizards (which are reptiles), but they are easily distinguished by their lack of scales and claws, and by their moist, usually
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hellbender

[′hel¦ben·der]
(vertebrate zoology)
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis. A large amphibian of the order Urodela which is the most primitive of the living salamanders, retaining some larval characteristics.
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The zoo is constructing two more simulated streams outdoors and doubling the size of its head start facility for young hellbenders.
In the middle of a dark Missouri night, hellbender #10 slowly works its way upstream, the swift, cold current pressing loose skin against its body in wrinkled waves.
Why that particular boulder made appealing hellbender habitat is a mystery that Bodinof, a University of Missouri-Columbia graduate student, would like to solve.
Not even the most ardent hellbender enthusiast would call it an attractive animal; the two-foot-long creature has inspired such nicknames as "old lasagna sides," "mud devil," "water dog," and "snot otter" for a reason.
In 2001, the Ozark hellbender was designated a candidate for Endangered Species Act protection.
A group of dedicated professionals formed the Ozark Hellbender Working Group shortly after the species became a listing candidate.
Growing interest in the species' status has spurred the establishment of biennial Hellbender Conservation Symposiums.
The hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is the largest species of salamander native to North America.
Hellbenders are naive to the dangers of predation by non-native stocked trout.
Humans do not have to seek out hellbenders in order to destroy their habitat and populations.
Mandated laws for the protection of hellbenders are ineffective in most states, but the need for change is being recognized.
Norwalk Precast Molds of Norwalk, Ohio, has designed a mold for an Eastern Hellbender Salamander Hut.