Common Mudpuppy

COMMON

MUDPUPPY

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DESCRIPTION

Strictly aquatic, we are the only Urodeles to keep their gills throughout their lives. Somewhat resembling tufts of feathers, they have the appearance of reddish bouquets on each side of our head. Although usually brown, albino individuals have been seen in Québec!

Our mating period lasts a long time: autumn to late winter. The female will then find a place to lay her eggs, or will dig a nest under a rock, a tree trunk, or other submerged objects.

In Québec we are common in the Saint-Lawrence and in other rivers such as the Ottawa River and the Richelieu. Some of us also live in small isolated lakes, probably introduced by fishermen.

Caracteristics

dimension

Can reach up to 50 cm in length

Habitat

Mainly major rivers, including the Saint-Lawrence upstream from Québec.

Diet

Fish, aquatic insect larvae, amphipods, crayfish

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