200-year-old giant salamander found

 
200-year-old giant salamander found
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The rare animal was recently found in a cave by a Chinese fisherman, according to local Chinese media.

The giant Chinese salamander, the world's biggest living amphibian, is a remarkable creature.

Sometimes it is called a "living fossil". The animal belongs to a species that is millions of years old.

Due to hunting and destruction of their natural habitat, the enormous amphibian is almost extinct in the wilderness. It is considered critically endangered, and the stock has been reduced by more than 80 percent over the past 45 years.

According to reports in local media, a fisherman in southwest China recently found a 200 year old specimen in a cave, reports Huffington Post.

The salamander was found near the city of Chongqing, and measures more than 1.3 meters and weighing over 45 kg, reports China News Network, according to Huffington Post.

If the salamander actually is over two centuries old, it will be the oldest of its kind. They have an average lifespan of 80 years in the wild, or 55 years in captivity. If the predicted age is correct, the salamander is also among the oldest animals on earth.

It has now been transferred to a research center for further study and protection.

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