This is one of the most distinctive of all salamander species, with its loose, wrinkly skin, large size, small eyes, and flattened head. Hellbenders eat a variety of invertebrates, especially crayfish. They require very clear, silt-free and unpolluted water. The presence of hellbenders can tell us much about the water quality of their habitats.
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Hellbenders may be seen virtually anytime at Scaly Slimy Spectacular, but they are secretive in their habits and usually prefer to wedge themselves under rocks. Look directly under rocks with spaces underneath, and you’ll likely get a glimpse of this animal.