Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) Wolf Lake Calumet area Chicago Cook County IL February 2015 Jeff Skrentny IMG_9559
These were captured and released as part of research being done by a graduate student in conjunction with The Field Museum.
Temp hovering around 0
being eaten by a Northern Watersnake
The common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a species of salamander in the genus Necturus. They live an entirely aquatic lifestyle in the eastern part of North America in lakes, rivers, and ponds. Mudpuppies go through paedomorphosis and retain their external gills. Because skin and lung respiration alone is not sufficient for gas exchange, mudpuppies must rely on external gills as their primary means of gas exchange. Mudpuppies are usually a rusty brown color and can grow...