Prague zoo ‘claims’ to have the longest salamander on Earth

Prague Zoo says Karlo is likely to be the biggest living Chinese giant salamander in the world. According to latest measuring done Friday, Karlo is 1.58 meter (5.18 feet).

By: AP | Prague | Published:December 20, 2015 6:07 pm
salamander, largest salamander, prague zoo salamander, chinese salamander, longest salamander, largest salamander news, weird news, shocking news, world news Chinese giant salamander Karlo swims in an aquarium at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague Zoo says it likely has the longest Chinese giant salamander now on Earth.

The critically endangered animal is the largest amphibian on the planet.

salamander, largest salamander, prague zoo salamander, chinese salamander, longest salamander, largest salamander news, weird news, shocking news, world news Petr Velensky uses a meter to show the size of a Chinese giant salamander Karlo in an aquarium at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

In a statement Sunday, the zoo says Karlo, a Chinese giant salamander it received 19 months ago from the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany, is likely the biggest representative of its species. The zoo says, according to the latest measurements done Friday, that Karlo is 1.58 meters (5 feet, 2 and 3/16 inches) long.

Karlo’s age is estimated at 37 to 38 years and weight is 35 kilograms (77 pounds).

salamander, largest salamander, prague zoo salamander, chinese salamander, longest salamander, largest salamander news, weird news, shocking news, world news Prague Zoo says Karlo is likely to be the biggest living Chinese giant salamander in the world. According to latest measuring done Friday, Karlo is 1.58 meter (5.18 feet). (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The largest salamander on record was 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches) long.

The zoo says its worldwide check didn’t reveal any longer-living salamander.

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