Hellbenders and Mudpuppies Found in the Mahoning River!

The Eastern Hellbender is listed as an endangered species in Ohio. Adult Hellbenders can grow up to 24 inches in length, and breathe through wrinkly folds along the sides of its body. They are often confused with Mudpuppies which breathe through external gills and are smoother in appearance. Both are harmless and are oftentimes caught by fishermen who are asked to please release them back into the river.