BIGGEST Salamander in Japan!

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    On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote and crew are back in Japan with Dr. Sumio Okada - who introduces them to the LARGEST amphibian that Coyote has ever seen! Once a year, Dr. Okada collects biometric data from this Giant Salamander, and the Brave Crew have been invited to assist!
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Comments • 11 647

  • Don
    Don Year ago +1939

    The fact the salamander was calm shows me it has been treated well almost all its life and that makes me smile.

    • Nicholas Shade
      Nicholas Shade Month ago

      Don, that makes all of us smile.🖤

    • Pogchamp
      Pogchamp Month ago +1

      @Eduardo Cabanero Racist much, weirdo?

    • Juan Joya Borja.
      Juan Joya Borja. 3 months ago +1

      Nah. They have a very low metabolism, so they can’t really react all that well.

    • Inari Musa
      Inari Musa 5 months ago

      Are they usually volatile?

  • Rose The Hat
    Rose The Hat Year ago +475

    That salamander was so friendly and chill. I hope he continues to live a long, safe life!

  • Alkalus
    Alkalus 11 months ago +172

    Japan has such a high life expectancy that even its animals can live for so long. What a blessed country.

  • TenThumbs Productions
    TenThumbs Productions 9 months ago +556

    You really do have to admire how respectful he is to both nature and culture as well as how grateful he is.

    • Genuine Weeb
      Genuine Weeb 4 months ago +1

      @Hel True, never understood that mentality they have.

    • Hel
      Hel 4 months ago +1

      @Genuine Weeb Don't bother argueing with the guy. It's pretty clear this guy is too far down the white supremacy pipeline to be helped, unfortunately.

      ROBØJAK 4 months ago +1

      I agree! He really is a wonderful person!

    • Genuine Weeb
      Genuine Weeb 6 months ago +3

      @Vinny V Mate, culture changes all the time, like everything else. Nothing is stagnant. No different from the Naitive Americans seeing their culture replaced, or the old Pagan civilizations of Europe being forced to convert to Christianity.

  • Edd VCR
    Edd VCR Year ago +287

    I really appreciate how Coyote showed respect to Okada Sensei and the reverence he had for Osanshirou, who at his ancient age and size would be considered “Nushi,” a master / guardian of the land he inhabits (think Mushishi and Princess Mononoke.)

    • Adam Wojcik
      Adam Wojcik 8 months ago +5

      Was thinking along the same lines myself. Such a wondrous, awe-inspiring creature. He is due a great deal of reverence, for sure.

  • Andrew lin
    Andrew lin 3 years ago +4723

    You can tell it's a Japanese Salamander, it got into the net so politely.

    • Crazy Logical Views
      Crazy Logical Views 13 days ago

      If you dont taste the aggressive nature of some Asian countries you cant appreciate the politeness of japan 😆 facr

    • Pogchamp
      Pogchamp Month ago

      @soggy This dude's really bringing up history in a salamander video

    • ruby_l
      ruby_l 3 months ago

      @obvault sadly we seem to want to eat/drink/brew soup out of/slather on every single endangered species

    • ruby_l
      ruby_l 3 months ago

      @Beni 51 im Chinese, and while this may be true for our salamanders, history speaks volumes otherwise…

    • foursevenfour
      foursevenfour 10 months ago

      @soggy umm what history have you learned💀

  • Oneila Nelson
    Oneila Nelson Year ago +145

    Can you just imagine what it would be like if we, humans, had aliens coming on earth to pick us up and do a video about us and measuring us and saying, "these are called humans and their only predators are themselves and each other. They might not eat each other but they sure know how to destroy each other and themselves."

    • Chubby_Cheesecake_Cheeks
      Chubby_Cheesecake_Cheeks 18 days ago

      Now there are some exceptions to this case where some of them will grow to want to eat another one of their kind. These are called cannibals and are usually hunted down, one of them remains free in a particular country.

    • Sauce SauceSauceSauce
      Sauce SauceSauceSauce 7 months ago

      hornets, bears, alligators, sharks, wolves, etc:

    • Macro Micro
      Macro Micro 8 months ago +10

      "They might not eat each other but they sure know how to destroy each other and themselves."
      Cannibals want to know your location

    • CJ Llo
      CJ Llo 11 months ago +11

      Um cannibals exist hehe

  • Ebrill Owen
    Ebrill Owen Year ago +129

    Osachiro-sama’s toes are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! He’s so adorable! What a king!

  • Brei27
    Brei27 Year ago +37

    I really wanted to find one when I was younger so I always went outside to find one but later I found that it was an endangered species
    but I still want to see one in the wild so when I find a clean river, I would look inside it for a chance lol

    • Brei27
      Brei27 Year ago +3

      I'm Japanese

  • Seek Sustainable Japan

    Amazing to see you with this endangered magestic monster in Tottori Japan - thanks for helping shed a light on the importance of conservation of the area's natural habitat where it lives - will talk with Richard Pearce of Bushido Japan tours today who is helping regenerate the nature in the area and set up tours to support Dr.Okada's work and protect these creatures

  • Rick Sturgis
    Rick Sturgis Year ago +1011

    I absolutely admire his level of respect for both the animals he handles and the cultures of the people he interacts with. It's truly wonderful.

    • sam🧌
      sam🧌 Year ago +14

      just the way he handles them so gently, even when he knows he’s going go test out their bites and stings, its incredible.

    • Edd VCR
      Edd VCR Year ago +4


  • A J
    A J Year ago +6

    Amazing, I hope future generations find this as spellbinding and fascinating as I have so these animals have a safe and healthy future in our world. Thank you Coyote!

  • merRr
    merRr 8 months ago +11

    14 kg, that is so huge... love to see they protecting this animals❤

  • xRexyWexyx
    xRexyWexyx 9 months ago +3

    I love how you appreciate and respect these creatures also Okada is amazing. God bless this giant Salamander.

  • Jared S
    Jared S 22 days ago +1

    he's so chill, reminds me of a capybara. wikipedia says they may live up to 80 years so he's definitely beaten the odds

  • Laura Worthington
    Laura Worthington 2 years ago +897

    So respectful to both the animal and the culture. That goes a long way in Japan. The genuine passion for and love of these animals shows in these episodes.

    • prateek jevoor
      prateek jevoor 11 months ago

      @Melon Lad don't forget honour.

    • Minceraft For nite
      Minceraft For nite 11 months ago

      @be a reble-lion yea they cool unless you stand out or are a foreigner

    • revlo
      revlo Year ago

      @Melon Lad she meant coyote is being respectful towards japanese culture

    • anjana dilshan
      anjana dilshan Year ago +1

      @Melon Lad 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 they eat 'em bro, why do you it's endangered? now the government has prohibited it.

    • sandy ferial
      sandy ferial Year ago

      They also ate it. As i know

  • Lance Hawkins
    Lance Hawkins 11 months ago +2

    All my life I thought this animal has gone extinct but look at that!
    Thank you very much sir!💯❣️

  • Vincente Saldaña
    Vincente Saldaña 6 months ago +1

    “River dragons” I love that nickname and now salamanders are my new favorite animal

  • Cherie
    Cherie Year ago +3

    I like how they handled it with so much care

  • Xha&Yesh
    Xha&Yesh Year ago +10

    Im moving to Japan soon so...

  • Shadow 3250
    Shadow 3250 2 years ago +750

    I love how unbelievably respectful to the animals and the experts he works with. He’s a young Steve Irwin in the making.

    • Dom Vaj
      Dom Vaj 2 years ago +1

      Doesn't Steve Irwin already have a son

    • CheshieD
      CheshieD 2 years ago

      Slevin Channel No the boards are just the roof to the tunnels. They have free mobility, which is why it could back out. Also if they couldn’t move then they’d not only die but also wouldn’t even be able to breed.

    • Brendon Lane
      Brendon Lane 2 years ago +1

      I mean Steve Irwin has a son who legit does what Steve does 😂

    • Slevin Channel
      Slevin Channel 2 years ago

      @Kermit The Psychopath ?

    • Kermit The Psychopath
      Kermit The Psychopath 2 years ago

      That's just offensive

  • Moo
    Moo Year ago +3

    I'm in absolute disbelief this thing is absolutely amazing

  • AquaTheDrawer
    AquaTheDrawer 11 months ago +5

    I literally loved when the little river beast smiled.

  • ildemaromeroVB
    ildemaromeroVB 6 months ago +1

    So freaking wholesome. So much respect for this and all animals...

  • Hugo and Skye
    Hugo and Skye 11 months ago +4

    When they were pouring water on it and Coyote was saying yes, yes, yes it seemed like he was planning something evil😂

  • Kittikatkat
    Kittikatkat 10 months ago +22

    "Get a little water on it, there."
    "Oh that's good."
    "Yes, yes, yes."

  • darkman14563
    darkman14563 Year ago +17

    When okada says yosh before lifting the unit it gave me flash backs of my gma back in kyuushu whenever we would go pick vegetables in the fields she would always say yosh when she was done squatting man I almost tears up

  • Official Tamara
    Official Tamara Year ago +2

    I have nothing else to say than
    This is absolutely unique 😍

  • Ana Brito
    Ana Brito 7 months ago +1

    Animal dócil 😍❣️✨🇧🇷

  • Ian Sawyer
    Ian Sawyer 2 years ago +2192

    Coyote really had to hurt that salamander’s feeling when he said “his head’s the size of a cantaloupe”

  • a gay bosmer with internet access

    i love giant salamanders so much, ever since seeing the pokemon quagsire. this one is absolutely beautiful, im envious of coyote.

  • Ana Brito
    Ana Brito 7 months ago

    Lindo animal❣️

  • Valcross
    Valcross Year ago +1

    Beautiful Salamander no wonder they love it so much very unique

  • LE EN
    LE EN Year ago +2

    I'd like to cuddle this adorable salamander❤it's large but very cute 😍

  • ItsYasminn
    ItsYasminn 2 years ago +3442

    am i the only one that loves how loving, gentle and caring he is toward animals? its so cute.

    • Nirvaan Reddy
      Nirvaan Reddy Year ago

      @GAMER JUICE gv

    • hainley simpson
      hainley simpson Year ago

      Not unusual you see father potential in him if he's that gentle with an animal that's not human.

    • Eternal
      Eternal Year ago

      Cutely mugs salamander

    • Rajesh Mahapatra
      Rajesh Mahapatra Year ago

      U not alone friend

    • luhkit
      luhkit Year ago

      Yeah and that's good! No animal should be treated badly or hurt by someone 😄

  • Hyo Okazaki
    Hyo Okazaki Year ago +1

    Amazing! Huge and cute salamander!!

  • Kigut
    Kigut 5 months ago

    cuuuuute!!! look at those adorable toes and that charming flat head, especially when you look at them from the front. those teeny, far apart eyes... everything about this animal is sublime. very good chonk, protect this ancient dragon at all costs

  • Keygen
    Keygen 7 months ago

    He's so awesome! And so is the salamander.

  • Garrett Downs
    Garrett Downs Year ago

    I remember a time I found a salamander as big as my hand it was amazing it was very slippery and adorable

  • LookOutHereComesTom
    LookOutHereComesTom Year ago +521

    I love how trusting the salamander was with the human handlers. But then, he's probably been handled by them for 100 years, so...

  • Top Hat Studios TM
    Top Hat Studios TM Year ago +8

    i see salamanders rarely and there only about 2-4 inches long but that thing makes the salamanders i find look like a mc donald's toy

  • 143remy🐇
    143remy🐇 7 months ago +1

    Omg it is so cute, one day, I hope sooner than later, I will get a salamander

  • random stuff
    random stuff Year ago +96

    Weird that in Anime, video games, and so on, Salamanders are often associated with fire, but these guys live in the cold water.

    • Savannah Kirkland
      Savannah Kirkland 5 months ago

      Facts in a Japanese anime fairytale natsu’s Nick name is salamander and his dad or who raised him (igneel) is a dragon & natsu dragneel is is full name & this whole time I’ve just related them with dragons and fire until this video Lmaooo my mistake they remind me of catfish with their wide head

    • RæR
      RæR 8 months ago +1

      Charmander 😊

    • Madero
      Madero 8 months ago

      @Drippy Clan Is Goated salamanders are the elemental spirits of fire, just like gnomes are the ones of earth

    • le roi de thunes
      le roi de thunes 8 months ago

      they were thought to be inmune to fire, l remember reading about a legendary salamander skin cloak that could protect one from burning amidst flames

  • Boxman
    Boxman Year ago

    I found one when I visited Japan with my dad for business and dear god I had never felt so outmatched by an amphibian like common that thing is like 1 foot and some change shorter than me how am I not supposed to feel imposed upon

  • SweatyBoner69Hoobastank
    SweatyBoner69Hoobastank 3 years ago +394

    It's like one of those little rubber toys that you put in water and they grow in size over a week but this one never stopped growing

    • rosymundddd_
      rosymundddd_ Year ago +1


    • BellaSara3346
      BellaSara3346 Year ago

      @SweatyBoner69Hoobastank This animal itself is older than them I would imagine!

    • Damnits
      Damnits Year ago +1

      SweatyBoner69Hoobastank oh I used to beg my mom to buy me those all the time when I went to the supermarket. She got them for me a few times.

    • SweatyBoner69Hoobastank
      SweatyBoner69Hoobastank 3 years ago +7

      @Kamina the things I'm thinking of are way older then orbeez, though it's the same idea. Theyre called magic grow capsules. Theyre shaped like animals or bugs or aliens etc.

    • Kamina
      Kamina 3 years ago +1

      Its orbeez

  • MidSequence123
    MidSequence123 7 months ago

    Man how cool it'd be to go on a shoot with Coyote. The ultimate field trip.

  • Nathan B
    Nathan B Year ago +2

    Wow. Absolutely massive

    TIGER PAUSE Year ago +1

    Where Im from some of the smallest species of salamander.Imagine coming across this after seeing small salamanders.

  • FinnSammakko 2016

    I'm 156cm tall (adult), so the salamander is almost as long. Wow, it is huge :)

  • Esteban Palacios
    Esteban Palacios 2 years ago +6320

    when you're just chilling and some dude is screaming in your face about how big you are

  • matthew matthew
    matthew matthew 7 months ago

    How incredible and beautiful!

  • Harry Tjondro
    Harry Tjondro Year ago +1

    It is such beautiful creature!

  • ᴛᴊ ʀᴀᴘ's ♫
    ᴛᴊ ʀᴀᴘ's ♫ 11 months ago +3

    That is actually a Giant Axolotl! I’ve done my research on it. It was jest carefully raised to live a long time.

    • linn
      linn 3 months ago

      Lol what

  • Kellyyy
    Kellyyy 9 months ago +1

    It looks so squishy and cutee , especially the fingers 🥺

  • coleslaw7even commented 10 years ago

    “We need to do it quickly guys” *continues to explain and getting shots of the thing 😂

  • M.B. Boyack
    M.B. Boyack 10 days ago

    Great footage. A pity the opportunity was missed to highlight the unique subject of 'tissue/limb cellular regeneration', regarding the missing foot of the 'Giant Japanese Salamander' at the Hanzaki Research Institute and was not discussed. The very attribute the species is renown for both internationally and historically, wasn't occurring to this particular specimen, with no mention of any reason as to why being made. Was the Giant Salamander too old when the injury happened for example?

  • ダニエルデビッド

    reminds me of Del Lago from Resident Evil 4, and if you take into account that it is a Japanese game, maybe they were inspired by this species

  • Madison_Hamilton
    Madison_Hamilton 4 months ago

    It looks like a giant axolotl I love it it’s so cute

  • Comrade Doggo
    Comrade Doggo Year ago +253

    man, sometimes you just have to appreciate how genuinely happy Coyote looks, it's an infectious smile and I smile because he looks like he's just having fun and has a good life!

    • Sylvan Secrets
      Sylvan Secrets Year ago +1

      Who wouldn't have a giant smile being up close to one of these things?

  • RipleyandWeeds
    RipleyandWeeds 7 months ago +5

    "This is a national treasure"
    *camera pans down to the largest salamander ive ever seen*

  • Double Slime
    Double Slime Year ago +22

    im ugly sobbing what a good baby what a good critter ugh my heart

  • Samuel Jurgensen
    Samuel Jurgensen Month ago

    That forest is so beautiful

  • G-Man Alias
    G-Man Alias 8 months ago +4

    Your Japanese pronunciation is pretty good. Have you taken any Japanese courses?
    Very good work!

  • Cici the story teller
    Cici the story teller Year ago +120

    I'm so surprised how gentle this creature is. Its... Really cute.

  • Chicken Man
    Chicken Man 7 months ago +1

    He’s not just going to rule over this world
    But all worlds

  • Eli Fox
    Eli Fox Year ago

    Hey that's a cool salamander there 😀

  • Peach
    Peach Year ago +47

    The hands and feet looks so cute

  • Helloo_ stranger
    Helloo_ stranger Year ago

    I was reading about these salamanders on Google because I was curious of the animals in Japan

  • Trey Richard
    Trey Richard Year ago +2779

    This thing is older than Queen Elizabeth. Absolute unit

  • Samuel Jurgensen
    Samuel Jurgensen Month ago

    Yo, what an amazing animal!

  • Jammy D
    Jammy D 5 months ago

    That’s epic I envy you 😌👌🏻

  • Anoopa Vm
    Anoopa Vm 3 months ago


  • Emily Jacob
    Emily Jacob Year ago

    Why is it... so cute. I instantly want to take care of it

  • Just Some Spice
    Just Some Spice 3 years ago +703

    I am in awe at the size of this absolute unit

    • Shming Beefin'
      Shming Beefin' 2 years ago

      @WhistlinDixie Anyone who smokes is an absolute bonehead.

    • Tutorial
      Tutorial 3 years ago

      painhellemental 9000 it was a gungeon joke because the profile pic is from that game

    • Dabajaws 9000
      Dabajaws 9000 3 years ago

      Nothing compaired to k.rool

    • Dabajaws 9000
      Dabajaws 9000 3 years ago

      @Tutorial no im not

  • Gabriel Kawa
    Gabriel Kawa 9 months ago

    If that's the second largest species makes me wonder what the first largest looks like

  • Ngoffee Zone Coffee
    Ngoffee Zone Coffee 7 months ago +3

    If you played game resident evil 4, you must be familiar with the monster on a swamp... They call him "El gigante"

  • Nickk Altman
    Nickk Altman 10 months ago

    Never thought I would think a salamander would look cute, but here I am thinking a salamander is cute

  • Daménwave 8513
    Daménwave 8513 4 months ago

    I read the manga "The Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow" and this is the salamander in the story!

    ARIXS SXIRA 11 months ago

    That big slimy boy so cute. he deserves to be protected and well taken care of.

  • Winterborne
    Winterborne 2 months ago

    I sought out this salamander and found your video because I found what I believe to be several young ones, living in the water near my house. I bought an old Japanese kominka style house in Hiroshima Prefecture's countryside last Christmas. Since then, I have found quite an assortment of interesting things -- just like being on a treasure hunt. Most recently, I found a WWII officer's katana and discovered these little salamanders living in some water in front of my house, which is always there whether there is rain or not. Currently, a friend's mom, who works at Hiroshima university, is going to show my video of these critters to the science department to find out if they really are the unique Osan Sho uo. If they are, then I am concerned for their safety as they are exposed in their current location, and will take steps to have them properly relocated. Very exciting stuff!

  • Thaneesha P
    Thaneesha P Year ago

    It needs be preserved for many and many years

  • Bhumi Patel
    Bhumi Patel Year ago

    The salamander kinda looks like an ancient temple though...🤣🤣 but it is quite cute...🥰

  • The wobbegong
    The wobbegong Year ago +966

    “Ranking as the *second* largest salamander species in the world”
    wait WHAT

    • Cameron Savoie
      Cameron Savoie 5 months ago

      @Add887 cuz they use it in there “traditional medicine”. And the meat has been thought to have medicinal properties for thousands of years

    • Canaria Lurker
      Canaria Lurker Year ago +1

      @Caesar the Chinese eating and using them for medicine also doesn't help the conservation efforts

    • Fearless Legend
      Fearless Legend Year ago

      @Ben that’s the same height as me and I’m 10 or just turned 10

    • Fearless Legend
      Fearless Legend Year ago

      What’s up bill

    • Add887
      Add887 Year ago

      Anyone know why the Chinese one is so endangered??

  • JackyVivid
    JackyVivid Year ago +4

    This was touching and heart warming! But never forgot "The Cove".

    • Edd VCR
      Edd VCR Year ago

      And the American cattle, pig, and chicken slaughter houses.

  • Mick Ellis
    Mick Ellis 11 months ago

    But I do love salamanders they are the most unique animal in the world, the most calming animal and its patterns are amazing!❤️❤️

  • Rafael Lucky
    Rafael Lucky 5 months ago +1

    Honor to this Ancient Creature

  • Black piccolo
    Black piccolo Year ago

    This makes me wonder how the hell the ganados even transported this thing all the way to rural Europe.

  • C L
    C L Year ago +123

    There is just so much love, respect, and passion you can see from the eyes of Coyote when he looks at the animals!

  • Happy Bee
    Happy Bee 8 months ago

    What an incredible creature.

  • MrRedberd
    MrRedberd Year ago

    I saw one wider than the size of my fist and forearm, in Michigan along the side of the road 15 years ago. They are usually the size of my finger and getting more rare to find.

  • TL Home
    TL Home 19 days ago

    Really Cool! As ugly as it is, it is beautiful! Awesome vid guys!

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    THEWierdTYTYplays23 9 months ago


  • Kyle Lin
    Kyle Lin 2 years ago +158

    It made me so happy seeing Coyote so genuinely happy and excited about seeing the salamander and how passionate he was about it, really made my night

  • Jack Culler
    Jack Culler 8 months ago +1

    It's like a larger and less cute version of axolotl... nonetheless still cute.

  • AK- Explorer
    AK- Explorer 11 months ago

    The salamander deserves its own mausoleum

  • Rodolfo Mick
    Rodolfo Mick 9 months ago

    For the first time i see a salamander this size!

  • Connected Europe
    Connected Europe Year ago

    Are these salamanders kept in zoo's as well in Europe? I mean as part of breeding/replacement. Don't know what kind of limits these have.

  • Chris Hermosillo
    Chris Hermosillo 3 years ago +167

    As a person who owns multiple species of salamanders, I really can appreciate what facilities like this one are doing. Helping the propagation of an ancient amazing species that we would never want to see disappear 💯

    • Adrian Guzman
      Adrian Guzman 3 years ago

      @Dingo Jack lmao

    • Joe Humpston
      Joe Humpston 3 years ago +1

      Ancestors of these creatures could be over 20 feet long!

    • Jim’s Hair
      Jim’s Hair 3 years ago +1

      I don’t own any salamanders. I was only capable of thinking this was “cool.” You probably were able to think it was “really cool.” I’m ashamed of my naïveté.

    • host daily
      host daily 3 years ago +1

      If it lost outside people Japanese will cut and cook ..

    • Dingo Jack
      Dingo Jack 3 years ago +2

      That is until it survives solely on a diet of human flesh and bones

  • Ihana Kaunotar
    Ihana Kaunotar 10 months ago

    Wow it’s so beautiful. Sad that it’s home got destroyed. Humans are a bit too territorial. They always have the need to conquest.

  • gacha Jazzy
    gacha Jazzy 5 months ago

    im crying now cuz i wanna hug em they look so squishy and cuddly