Fun Fact: Hellbenders go by many names. Hellbender, Old Lasagna Sides, and Snot Otter are a few among many. The name Hellbender is thought to have originated with the early pioneers believing that they looked like something from Hell that was bent on returning. Old Lasagna Sides is a reference to the skin folds along the sides that bear some resemblance to lasagna noodles. Snot Otter plays on both the aquatic nature of the species and the fact that it feels like someone sneezed all over them.
If you teach nature education programs (informal or in schools), there is a new publication on Conservation Biology featuring Hellbenders!!! Check it out here: https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=FNR-552-W
Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden (MPZ) and Purdue University's Help the Hellbender recently unveiled "Hellbender Havoc." This addition to the existing Hellbender exhibit at MPZ adds a fun and educational digital component to the exhibit and allows visitors to live the life of a Hellbender: feeding, growing, and avoiding threats. The exhibit can be found in the Discovery Center and is available during regular zoo hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm CT).
Come support local hellbender conservation in Indiana!!
Mesker Park Zoo in the news with their hellbender captive breeding/rearing programs: http://indianapublicmedia.org/…/mesker-park-zoo-habitat-ai…/
New PA state amphibian....the HELLBENDER!!!