Chinese giant salamnader emerging from amongst underwater rocks

Chinese giant salamander

Chinese giant salamanders are the largest of the world's salamanders and can reach 1.8m in length. Despite this, their tadpoles are only 3cm long.

Scientific name: Andrias davidianus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Chinese giant salamander taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Chinese giant salamander can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Chinese giant salamander distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2004

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Amphibians
  5. Salamanders
  6. Cryptobranchidae
  7. Asian giant salamanders
  8. Chinese giant salamander

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