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A large aquatic salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of the eastern United States, having a flattened brownish body.
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(Animals) a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae
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(ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər)

a large, broad-headed salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in E North America.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.hellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streamshellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streams
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
Cryptobranchus, genus Cryptobranchus - type genus of the Cryptobranchidae
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What sort of creature is a hellbender? A A large spider B A mexican rat C A scorpion D A salamander 14.
Designers at the center used a systematic instructional design approach and created an interactive multimedia-rich exhibit about the hellbender salamander, investigating the exhibit's impact on fairgoers' (n= 409) attitudes about the salamander.
The creature's actual length is comparable to that of the Hellbender or the Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, the largest salamander in entire North America.
The Use of Environmental DNA and Occupancy Modeling to Evaluate the Distribution of the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in Tennessee, U.S.A.
Analysis and comparison of three capture methods for the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis).
The band, named after the iconic character in Dan Simmons' classic Hyperion Cantos series, comprises Jamie Lynn Summerfield on lead vocals and electric violin, The Craw on guitar, Darren Linder on drums and Roya Hellbender on bass.
Scientists think the demise of the hellbender, which makes its home in streams and rivers, could be a result of declining water quality.
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For most species, there is little to no historical data on measures of sperm production, and this lack of historical information is the case for hellbenders. However, qualitatively, there appears to be some geographic variation in the reproductive health of hellbender populations; with some populations exhibiting apparently strong levels of recruitment (Nickerson et al., 2003).
Norwalk Precast Molds of Norwalk, Ohio, has designed a mold for an Eastern Hellbender Salamander Hut.