An aquatic giant salamander with grayish skin and a flattened head, native to North America.
- Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, family Cryptobranchidae
- The closest relative of the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders is the hellbender of the eastern US.
- Other common predators include minks, otters, raccoons, turtles, hellbenders, fish, some species of birds, and humans.
- Living relatives include the Asian giant salamander, which can grow as big as a small human adult, and the smaller hellbender of North America.
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