Chinese Giant Salamander Skull


SKU: RS509


Chinese Giant Salamander Skull measures 3.8 inches. Chinese Giant Salamander Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Andrias davidianus is the scientific name. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Chinese giant salamander or Andrias davidianus is one of the largest salamanders and one of the largest amphibians in the world. It is fully aquatic and is endemic to rocky mountain streams and lakes in the Yangtze river basin of central China.

It has a large head, small eyes, and dark, wrinkly skin. Its flat, broad head has a wide mouth, round, lidless eyes, and a line of paired tubercles that run around its head and throat. Its color is typically dark brown with a mottled or speckled pattern, but it can also be other brownish tones, dark reddish, or black. Albinos, which are white or orange, have been recorded. All species of giant salamanders produce a sticky, white skin secretion that repels predators.

Chinese giant salamander or Andrias davidianus average adult salamander weighs 55 to 66 lb. and is 3.77 ft. in length. It can reach up to 110 lb. in weight and 5.9 ft. in length, making it the largest amphibian species.

Chinese giant salamander or Andrias davidianus is known to vocalize, making barking, whining, hissing, or crying sounds. Some of these vocalizations bear a striking resemblance to the crying of a young human child, and as such, it is known in the Chinese language as the “infant fish”.

Chinese giant salamander or Andrias davidianus has been recorded feeding on insects, millipedes, horsehair worms, amphibians (both frogs and salamanders), freshwater crabs, shrimp, fish and Asiatic water shrews.

It is considered critically endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, pollution, and overcollection, as it is considered a delicacy and used in traditional Chinese medicine. On farms in central China, it is extensively farmed and sometimes bred, although many of the salamanders on the farms are caught in the wild. It has been listed as one of the top-10 “focal species” in 2008 by the Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered project.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 3.8 in
Chinese Giant Salamander Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Cryptobranchidae
Genus: Andrias
Species: A. davidianus
Binomial name: Andrias davidianus
Conservation status: Critically Endangered


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