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15 endangered species that are still on the menu

Chinese giant salamander

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Chinese giant salamander

The largest salamander in the world is considered critically endangered mostly because of human consumption. The species, which can reach 6 feet in length, was once common throughout central, southwestern and southern China, but today there are only a few fragmented surviving populations. Although there is some commercial farming of this species, the majority of the animals are believed to originate from the wild.