Why Giant Salamanders Make Great Dads

Seeking a role model for fatherhood? Look no further than an enormous, secretive salamander who only sometimes eats his babies.

You’re not likely to stumble across a  Japanese giant salamander in the wild, and if you did you might wish you hadn’t. These oversized amphibians are the golems of the animal world: bloated and tiny-eyed, they lurk in stream banks like animated sacks of mud. Andrias japonicus can grow almost 5 feet long, making it smaller than its Chinese cousin but larger than

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