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A guide to breeding giant salamanders

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The giant salamanders of Japan and China are the largest amphibians on the planet - largely unchanged since the age of the dinosaurs.

But numbers of both species are falling.

Dr Hidekazu Ashikaga runs the Japanese giant salamander programme at Asa Zoological Park in Hiroshima.

Here, he explains the park's captive breeding facility and shows some of the salamanders raised there.

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