The black salamander (黒山椒魚, Kuro Sanshōuo) was a creature native to Amegakure that was famous for the deadly poison its body produced. After its death, Hanzō during his childhood, had its venom sac implanted into his body, thus granting him the ability to create the same poison, as well as allowing him to develop a resistance to this particular poison. Due to the consequence that even by breathing he would release the toxin, Hanzō quickly became feared as Hanzō of the Salamander (山椒魚の半蔵, Sanshōuo no Hanzō).
- In the anime, the salamander was depicted as being brown instead of black.
- Though the Black Salamander, like Ibuse, could be based on the Japanese giant salamander, there is also a species known as the Japanese black salamander. Salamanders such as these were sometimes thought to have medicinal powers.
- Naruto chapter 532, page 2
- Naruto: Shippūden episode 272