Hellbender Song
2:16 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Endangered hellbender salamander inspires song

You may remember our story about the St. Louis Zoo successfully breeding an endangered giant salamander. Now the hellbender is being honored in song:

The St. Louis band FIRE DOG is offering its hellbender song as a free download on Sunday in honor of Earth Day.

In the meantime, here are the lyrics:

Hellbender salamander amphibian
Breathes in oxygen through its skin
Protects its body with a layer of slime
In North America, it's the largest kind - of salamander

Hellbender he-hellbender
Hellbender he-hellbender

Cryptobronchus aligeniensis
The only Cryptobronchus with two sub-species
The Ozark and the Eastern variety
Live under rocks in streams in the country

Hellbender he-hellbender
Hellbender he-hellbender

It's true that since the 1980s, the hellbender population has been devastated.
Due to rising temperatures, water pollution, and the mysterious chytrid fungus, the hellbender is now an endangered species.

Hellbender salamander amphibian
Hellbender salamander amphibian
Hellbender salamander amphibian