The Mudpuppy is a salamander that lives completely in lakes, rivers and ponds for their entire lives.
The Mudpuppy is usually brown and has grey or black and some blue like spots. Some are albino and have light skin.
When the Mudpuppy is shown in water, their skin looks darker in color and when the water is darker, their skin looks lighter.
Most of the Mudpuppies will get up to 13 inches long but have grown over 17 inches.
The Mudpuppy has gills that are on the outside and they can be smaller or larger. They also have limbs that are flat so that they can use them for walking on the bottom of ponds or other bodies of water.
The Mudpuppy’s skin is slimy looking.
The Mudpuppy’s skin is slimy and is covered in a clear coating that is a poison to its predators.
The Mudpuppy lives in the eastern part of North America. They are found in waters such as ponds, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.
Most of the time, you will find a Mudpuppy under rocks or logs in the day and they enjoy going in muddy waters and will be more active if the water is muddy.
Mudpuppy’s can live in the lake when the water freezes and they will thaw out and be normal when the water heats back up.
The Mudpuppy eats insects, mollusks, annelids, earthworms and any insect they can find.
The Mudpuppy is nocturnal which means they are most active at night.
They will live their day in the water if the water is murky and hard to see in.
The Mudpuppy will reach adult hood after 6 years of age.
The Mudpuppy will look for a mate in the fall. When they look for a female, she will come to them and the male will make a nest.
The female will lay the eggs in the nest which is usually under a rock or a log. The female Mudpuppy can lay up to 200 eggs but usually only lays 60 at a time. The female will stay with the eggs for around 40 days until they hatch.
There are three subspecies of the Mudpuppy, the Red River Mudpuppy, the Common Mudpuppy and the Lake Winnebago Mudpuppy.
The Mudpuppy has teeth and they use these teeth to eat their prey. They actually have three sets of teeth which are the vomerine, the premaxillary and the dentary. All the teeth are in different areas of the mouth so they can eat their prey with these teeth.
One set of the Mudpuppy’s teeth prevent the prey from escaping. The Mudpuppy will usually eat small fish, amphibians, insects, mollusks, earthworms, spiders and more.
The jaw of the Mudpuppy is made so that it can grip the food and eat it so that it doesn’t get away. This allows the Mudpuppy to eat prey that is larger than other salamanders and it can include even turtles, snakes and crayfish.