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Wildlife Resources Officials Want Public's Help Locating Hellbenders


Last updated 3/27/2019 at 5:07pm

See a hellbender?

If so, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources want to know when and where, so they can continue their long-term inventory and monitoring of this giant, aquatic salamander.

Hellbenders, also called “waterdogs,” are found in fast-moving, clean mountain streams in western North Carolina.

Because they breathe through their skin, hellbenders are sensitive to poor water quality and are considered a “bioindicator,” or a species that can tell biologists about degrading environmental conditions when conditions first start changing.

Averaging about 16 to 17 inches...

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