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Scientific Name: Necturus maculosus

Description: Mudpuppies are large salamanders that live their whole lives in water. They start out as normal tadpoles, but don't complete normal metamorphosis. They grow legs, but never grow lungs to breathe outside of water. They are usually around 8 to 13 inches in length and are colored dark brown to black. They can live for up to 20 years in the right conditions.

Habitat: Mudpuppies are found from southern Canada all through the eastern U.S. They live in rivers and ponds and some small lakes . They prefer to live where there are a lot of rocks or weeds to hide in.

 Food: Mudpuppies are carnivores and will eat whatever they can catch. Mainly they eat crayfish, insects, fish, and snails.


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