In the depths of the Field Museum in Chicago, tucked away within the labyrinthine taxidermy halls, there is a gallery dedicated to preserved reptiles and amphibians. It's a room replete with turtles, snakes, and other long-dead animals frozen in time, their bodies on view for the curious and inquisitive. Among these creatures is the Giant Salamander, whose grotesque appearance apparently so intrigued me that I was compelled to put an exclamation point after its name.
Well, if he were alive he'd probably think that I'm the one who looks pretty odd. Everything is relative.