View Full Version : Andrias japonicus land habits

31st October 2004, 15:01
A. japonicus probably leads a 99% aquatic life but it's not incapable of leaving the water and walking on land to circumvent obstacles in the river.

Here is one at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo today trying to climb over an obstacle (...and failing):


1st November 2004, 03:02
And another:


1st November 2004, 07:32
The more I look at it the more I feel like there's a pancake becoming alive...

Overall very very impressive animals. I've had the luck of seeing some alive and they were incredibellly impossive. Wanted to tkae a picture and for the first time I faced a problem that you don't encounter much while shooting amphibian images : the animals didn't fit on the image ..

Wouldn't love to keep one (lots a work and food/fingers) but sure love to observe them...

2nd November 2004, 00:23
I went to that zoo three years ago It was nice seeing the giants.

5th November 2006, 04:59
I have seen them crawl over rocks that took most of their body out of water. I do believe the can move some on land, but it is more in a serpentine motion than crawling.

6th November 2006, 15:26
They have been documented walking up and around obstatcles like dams in the wild. They can walk just fine...


6th November 2006, 19:54
What an impressive creature. I hope the conservation goes ok. Intersting enough most of my friends in Japan had no idea what it was. Some even said "oh that not in Japan, that Chinese".

Sometimes I wonder if this creature led to some of the habbits of godzilla, such as godzilla coming from water and when there is pollution he gets sad and very very angry(and dooms the world)