If the little amphibians are of concern for the weather watchdogs, the giant counterparts are for the egoistic conservationists. Some experts think the world’s largest salamander can become a flagship conservation species like the tiger and elephant. Illegal hunting is bringing this Chinese giant to the brink of extinction.
Compared to other amphibians, the huge size of the Chinese and Japanese salamanders itself makes them easy, rather lucrative prey for hunters, who sell the flesh for around US$100 per kg (£30 per lb).
Via: BBC News