Hellbender Research

The Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, is one of North America’s most unique amphibians. It is a giant, totally aquatic salamander that, along with only two other extant species, comprises the amphibian family Cryptobranchidae. Hellbenders inhabit cool, swiftly-flowing streams in the foothills and mountains of the Appalachian and Ozark mountains. Adults and large juveniles feed almost exclusively on crayfish, although they will eat many other prey as well.

Learn more in this VT video featuring Cathy Jackowski.