- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - It’s a salamander by any other name - and some of those names are comical.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is now proudly displaying two Eastern hellbenders - also known as “devil dogs,” ”snot otters” or “old lasagna sides.”

Eastern hellbenders have flattened heads and bodies, small eyes, and slimy, wrinkly skin. They’re typically brown or reddish-brown with a pale underbelly.

There’s also a serious side to the subject. Efforts are underway to conserve dwindling hellbender populations in the wild.

Adult hellbenders can be nearly 2 feet long. Only two larger salamander species are known to exist.


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