Salamandroidea: Mole salamanders, Salamandridae, Amphiuma, Tiger Salamander, Long-toed Salamander, Axolotl, Fire Salamander, Eastern newt

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Proteidae, Amphiuma, Olm, Mole Salamander, Salamandridae, Lungless Salamander, Necturus Lewisi, Mudpuppy, Common Mudpuppy, Urspelerpes, Pacific Giant Salamander, Necturus Beyeri, Necturus Alabamensis, Torrent Salamander, Dwarf Waterdog, Red River Mudpuppy. Excerpt: Common Mudpuppy The Mudpuppy , or Necturus maculosus, is a ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Proteidae, Amphiuma, Olm, Mole Salamander, Salamandridae, Lungless Salamander, Necturus Lewisi, Mudpuppy, Common Mudpuppy, Urspelerpes, Pacific Giant Salamander, Necturus Beyeri, Necturus Alabamensis, Torrent Salamander, Dwarf Waterdog, Red River Mudpuppy. Excerpt: Common Mudpuppy The Mudpuppy , or Necturus maculosus, is a species of salamander that is part of the genus, Necturus. They live an entirely aquatic lifestyle in the eastern part of North America in lakes, rivers, and ponds. Mudpuppies go through paedomorphosis and retain their external gills. Because skin and lung respiration alone is not sufficient for gas exchange, mudpuppies must rely on external gills as their primary means of gas exchange. Mudpuppies are usually a rusty brown color and can grow to an average length of 33cm. Mudpuppies are nocturnal creatures and only come out during the day if the water they live in is murky. Their diet consists of most anything they can get in their mouths and includes insects , earthworms , mollusks , annelids . Once a female mudpuppy reaches sexual maturity, at six years of age, she can lay an average of 60 eggs. In the wild, the average life span of a mudpuppy is 11 years. Because of their prevalence and larger size than other salamanders, mudpuppies are good organisms for dissections. Appearance Mudpuppies can be a rusty brown color with gray and black and usually have blackish blue spots, however some albino adults have been reported in Arkansas. In clear, light water their skin gets darker, likewise in darker water their skin gets lighter in color. At sexual maturity mudpuppies can be 20cm long and continue to grow to an average length of 33cm, though specimens up to 43.5cm have been reported. They have external gills that resemble ostrich plumes and their size depends on...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781156016428
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/12/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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