Re: NANFA-- Columbia trip gear
Tue, 6 Jan 2004 22:54:55 -0500

Quoting Steffen Hellner <>:

All this worry about keeping hellbenders reminds me of the first time I saw one.
I was seining in N. Georgia with a friend of mine from my ichthyology class.
We netted one and he called it a "water dog", which he said the local fishermen
hated. They would lop off their heads and throw them on the stream bank. I
kept that one for about 2 years before releasing it (I didn't know better way
back then). Anyway, with such an attitude by locals I don't think aqauarium
captures pose much of a threat.

> In fact it is not easy to keep hellbenders or other giant salamanders. But
> none of them needs 100 C around the year. That4s only to keep metabolism
> down. There is one private person being awarded for breeding Andrias
> davidianus, the chinese giant sal.
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