The largest wildlife survey in China's history has led to the conclusion that they've disappeared from their natural habitat, and that there might be just a few left in the wild, according to a report by the BBC. There are millions currently alive, however, in commercial farms and waiting to be sold to high-end restaurants. They were found in the wild at four sites, but it was determined that they weren't native to the environment and were likely released from commercial breeding farms.
These amphibians, which can grow up to 6-feet long, generally lived in freshwater rivers and used to be widespread in China. Despite it formerly taboo to eat them, and despite their status as an endangered species, Chinese giant salamander are now considered a delicacy. As they can sell for up to $1,500, this has lead to the rise of commercial breeding farms and made them a rarity in the wild.