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Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

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Common Name: Common Mudpuppy
Scientific Name: Necturus maculosus
Family: Proteidae
Location: Canada and the United States
US Location: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia
Size: 13 inches average

The Common Mudpuppy is the largest Mudpuppy and also the most widespread Mudpuppy species. This aquatic salamander is found throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. The Common Mudpuppy can live to around 30 years old and they start breeding around 6 to 7 years old.

Mating is believed to happen during fall but the females don’t lay the eggs right away. Females store the sperm inside them throughout winter until the temperature starts to increase.

The Common Mudpuppy is nocturnal and hunt during the night while they hide in their burrows during the day. They have teeth but they are used to hold prey in their mouth as they usually just suck in the prey into their mouth.

 

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