Japanese giant salamanders, Andrias japonicus, can grow up to 5 feet long and weigh up to 55 pounds.
Japanese Salamanders and Ambassador
Rick Quintero (left), the primary Japanese giant salamander keeper at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, feeds the Zoo’s new juvenile salamanders for Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Japanese Salamanders, Ambassador and Student
Students from Virginia’s Great Falls Elementary School presented their salamander-inspired art to (from left) Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Science, Eva Pell, and the Zoo’s director, Dennis Kelly.