Previous Gallery Contents Next




Cryptobranchus alleganiensis

Hellbenders are amphibians, one of the Giant Salamanders, able to live in the water and on land. They have gills and slimy skin. They have to have a moist habitat for their gills to work and for their skin to stay moist. They hide from the sun, in holes and under rocks, and go out at night, when the air is moist. They can be found in the North Fork River.
Size: 11" - 22"
•Grayish with light and dark spots.
•No external gills.
•Fold of skin along side of body.

This is the Web site of the Bryant Watershed Education Project, based in West Plains, Missouri. Our site is a toolkit for exploring the Bryant Creek, North Fork, Eleven Point and Upper Spring watersheds in the southern Missouri Ozarks.
Learn more.