This extremely rare salamander was caught by an park ranger in China who was picking winkles.

Daily Mail – A park ranger in south China has caught an enormous Chinese salamander that is the world’s largest living amphibian and is known as the ‘Living Fossil’ because it has remained unchanged for 170million years.

The man, named only as Mr Xiao, was shocked to find the rare giant salamander swimming in the water and later released it back into the wild, reported the People’s Daily Online.

Although it is one of the world’s oldest species – dating back more than 170 million years – there are few surviving populations of giant salamander left in the wild. Its appearance has barely changed since the Jurassic period.

The giant salamander, which measured 83cm in length and weighed 5.5kg, was found in Heyuan City in southern China’s Guangdong Province.

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