Formally known as hellbenders, which is not much better from a
public-relations standpoint, snot otters are giant, slimy
salamanders that lurk under big rocks at the bottoms of pristine
streams in the Ozark and Appalachian mountains. The nocturnal,
mud-colored, prehistoric amphibians look a bit like eels with
stubby legs and can grow to be two feet long.
Snotty the official Snot Otter mascot
Not a Photoshopped image...
This is the Giant Japanese Salamander.
It can grow to five feet in length.
Here's a movie about their mating woes...