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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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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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