Ôsanshôuo (giant Japanese salamander) - オ オ サ ン シ ョ ウ ウ オ

It is an amphibian native to Japan, the second largest amphibian in the world, as it can reach 1.50m in length and weigh up to about 25kg, and live over 50 years. 
 
It is an aquatic animal that spends its entire life in water.
She has bare skin without scales, a little puffy like that of a toad. Its body is flattened, with a large head, and short legs.
She has no gills and breathes by picking up oxygen dissolved in water directly through her skin. It is found especially in rivers and mountain torrents which have clear water rich in oxygen.
Its jaw has a double row of small teeth. 
 
The giant salamander is a nocturnal and not very active animal. Its dark skin allows it to camouflage itself to better catch its food, made up of small fish, molluscs and crustaceans. 
 
However, it can defend itself by secreting a repellent liquid whose odor is similar to Japanese pepper.
Its name "Ôsanshôuo" literally means "giant peppery fish".
She can also attack by squeezing her jaw to protect her young. The male has a highly developed paternal instinct.
 
This salamander was once considered a sea monster by the Japanese, and its skin was highly prized.
It is now an endangered species, due to the disappearance of its natural habitat caused by the concreting of river banks (concrete walls are built to prevent flooding).

Ôsanshôuo
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