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Why We're Hell-Bent on Saving These Giant Salamanders

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In the fast-flowing streams of eastern Tennessee, Emilly Nolan is working hard to reestablish a population for a strange looking animal with an even stranger array of nicknames. The Eastern hellbenderaka snot otter, aka lasagna lizardis one of the largest salamanders on Earth, growing to nearly 2 feet in length. Sadly, humans have been tampering with their natural habitat, and hellbenders are disappearing from streams in the Cherokee National Forest. Nolan, along with a team of researchers at Tennessee State University, are working on relocating the hellbenders to new streams. In this episode of Mission Wild, Wes Larson slips into a wetsuit and gets hands on with these slippery salamanders.

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