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One of the strangest creatures to be found in an Ozark stream is the Hellbender. This aquatic salamander spends its life under rocks in riffles of swift, clear flowing streams. Its a long lived animal, with some reaching upwards of 50 years in age. Although their appearance can be frightful, Hellbenders are quite harmless.
It's the only species of its kind in North America and it lives only in southern Missouri and a small portion of Arkansas.