Help Save Maryland’s Endangered Hellbenders—Please do not Kill
The hellbender is a large, dark, aquatic salamander that can live for more than 30 years and grow to over two feet long. Hellbenders can bite, and their protective coating of slime makes them difficult to handle. If you catch a hellbender on your fishing line, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and let the animal go.
If you have seen or caught a hellbender, we would like to hear from you. Please call DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.