Other Amphibian of the Week

Gulf Coast Waterdog (Necturus beyeri)

photo by Brad M. Glorioso

Common Name: Gulf Coast Waterdog
Scientific Name: Necturus beyeri
Family: Proteidae
Location: United States – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi
Size: 8.6 inches or 22 cm

The Gulf Coast Waterdog is an aquatic salamander found in the southeastern United States. They retain their gills throughout their lives because they lack lungs. Mating happens during late fall and winter. Not a lot is known about their lifestyles because of their secretive aquatic lifestyle.


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