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Posted by Kate knight on June 3, 2012, 2:26 pm
I live in the Albany,NY area. Behind my house there are marshy wetlands., my lawn borders on it Today I saw a "creature" while I was mowing back there. I only caught a brief glimpse because it went back in the water. It was brown. The part of the body I was at least 3-4 inches in width. It did not have a long tail like a snake, and it moved more like a salamander. I did not see it's head. My friend actually had a sighting of it last year and we have wondered ever since what it was. In trying to ID it t saw a picture of a hellbender and it looked more like that than anything else. Would those be around here?
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