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Chinese Giant Salamander, Andrias davidianus Video

This is a discussion on Chinese Giant Salamander, Andrias davidianus Video within the Large Aquatic Salamanders (Hellbenders/Cryptobranchids, Necturus, Siren, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Hello I recently had the privilage to visit Ocean Park located in Hong Kong. They have a Chinese Giant Salamander ...

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I recently had the privilage to visit Ocean Park located in Hong Kong. They have a Chinese Giant Salamander as a resident in the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit. The local newspaper ran a front page article on it as it just opened that day and featured a group of Red Pandas. We were lucky enough to witness the feeding of this very large salamander.

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What was that it was being fed? It looked like a gigantic shrimp. Do shrimp even get that big?



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What was that it was being fed? It looked like a gigantic shrimp. Do shrimp even get that big?
I beleive it is a Tiger Prawn (Panaeus monodon) (unfortunatly, the mass farming of this species is a major cause of mangrove destruction)



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Tiger Prawn is correct, it was larger than my fist. Here are some pictures.


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Why feed it marine shrimp?? Its not like fresh water fish are difficult to find or anything....



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Maybe the shrimp was a tempting treat to get it to move or come out for the photo op or display?

LOL I do the same thing for my geese, use a treat to get them to be more docile for visitors....



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Nice video and pictures! Both the Chinese giant salamanders (andrias davidianus) and the Japanese (andrias japonicus) have always been a fascination of mine. I really hope the new push on conservation efforts can help save these creatures.



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That was amazing. These animals have always fascinated me. I don't really understand the food choice but I'd love to know if there is a reason why they think it's a good idea/OK.



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