Cryptobranchus alleganiensis

Fascinating Facts


Hellbenders live in clear, silt-free mountain streams. Adults are extremely territorial, usually chasing off any daytime visitors. They are nocturnal and eat mostly crayfish, supplemented by small fish, other hellbenders, tadpoles, toads and water snakes

Status in the Wild

Near Threatened – IUCN 2004


Eastern United States from southern New York down to Alabama

Location in the Zoo

Fish and Amphibians Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits