Time: 9:30 pm
Weather Conditions: -14 C (-18 windchill). Mostly Clear Skies.
Habitat Type: Creek.
Possible Threats : A road/bridge runs over the creek area so runoff and contaminants could degrade the water.
Observations: Approximately 104 Necturus maculosus were seen in the middle of the creek area. Most of the water was frozen, except in the middle portion just adjacent to the current. Here the animals could be seen clearly on the bottom. Both sub-adult and adult animals.
it has dark red external gills, and is about 10 inches long, four toes on front and back. brownish, greenish, with darker black/brown speckles. long tail that looks like its used to propel itself through the water.
larva found under a rock with an adult female and ~12 other larvae
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...