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Necturus maculosus COMMON MUDPUPPY
Range and Habitat o Found in most eastern states of the U.S. and parts of southern Canada. o Live in permanent water sources. o Can live at depths of 18”-34” but have been found in 88’ o Prefer the shelter of rocks, logs, and overhangs.
Characteristics Aquatic. Nocturnal. 4 limbs-locomotion. External Gills. Possess lungs (8%). Can reach up to 10” in size. Flat head and limbs. Paddle-like tail. May live for 20 years.
Reproduction Sexual Maturity at 6 years of age. Internal Fertilization. Average 60 eggs. Female build nests.
Diet Has two rows of teeth. Corner of the mouths interlock. (Suction feeding) Carnivorous-worms, small fish, small amphibians, insects, and mollusks. Predators-Crayfish, turtles, snakes, and humans.
Salamander Mussel Plays host to the Salamander Mussel larva. Only non-fish host. Not much information on relationship.
References Johnson, Tom R. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri. 2nd ed. Jefferson City: Missouri Department of Conservation, Print. Lembcke, Peter. Necturus maculosus. Caudata Culture Michigan Natural Features Inventory-Salamander Mussel., MI: Michigan Department of Natural, Michigan State University. Web. 14 Oct U.S. Geological Survey. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center-National Amphibian Atlas