HELLBEI\IDER (Os venenifer)
Hellbenders are named after the large Terrestrial salamanders they vaguely resemble. Unlike their namesake, Poseidon hellbenders are hexipeds and have a dozen ruddy-colored eyespots along the length of their marbled brown backs. The animals have feather-like external gills and rudimentary but functional lungs. Their tails are long and laterally compressed making them powerful swimmers. Their feet are long toed and tipped with small claws that also make them able climbers.
Hellbenders have large splayed heads with wide primary and narrow lateral jaws. The flesh covering their lower jaw is wrinkled and bulging, and contains not only the glands that produce their potent neurotoxin, but also their unique delivery mechanism for that venom.
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