A giant salamander like this will haunt your nightmares.
Only deep in a cave in China would you expect to find a giant salamander of these proportions. Once prevalent all over Asia, illegal Chinese poaching has brought their numbers to a critically endangered status.
Unfortunately for these slow-moving massive amphibians, the largest in the world, they are considered a luxury food item. They are also used in medicine, which only adds to their black market demand.
The largest known giant salamanders have been found in the six-foot range. Even though, according to reports, this one was only 4.7 inches long, it is still estimated to be over 200 years old.
What makes these creatures even more exotic is that this exact species has lived unchanged for over 170 million years. Being one of the oldest living species on the planet, these guys lived with the dinosaurs.
The past thirty years of illegal poaching have been hard on this species but protection measures have been put in place to hopefully ensure their future.
This specific salamander has been transferred to a Chinese research facility for safekeeping and study.
All images via The Daily Mail