Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Notes from the Field: Dante in China, part 2

'Everything is going well here.  We are hitting roughly 3 caves per day.  Yesterday, we visited "Temple of the Dragon God."  It is a deep cave that had a blind cave loach.

We visited a farm that cultures the Chinese Giant Salamander, Andrias davidianus.  They had roughly 600 individuals that they were raising.  It was incredible to see so many endangered salamanders in one place.  Andrias davidianus is the world's largest salamander, with record size individuals approaching over 1.75 meters (over 5 feet) in length.