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Two-toed amphiuma

Amphiuma means


The two-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma means) is a snake-like salamander found chiefly in the southeastern United States. It is commonly, but incorrectly, called "congo snake", "conger eel" or the "blind eel". One of the largest extant species of amphibian in the world, they can grow from 39 to 1,042 g (1.4 to 36.8 oz) in mass and from 34.8 to 116 cm (13.7 to 46 in) in length.[2][3][4] They have four vestigial legs that end in two or three toes which are virtually useless, and eyes with lids. It is of blue-black color. They feed on small fish, snails, and insect larvae; it is harmless to humans although they can deliver a tough bite. Unlike other salamanders, which are mute, the A. means gives a clear whistle when disturbed.


Amphiumas live in acidic waters of swamps, bayous, and the occasional drainage ditch. Their range is from southeastern Virginia's, Florida's, and eastern Louisiana's coastal plain.


There are bunches in my pond in in ditches all around here

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drP 8 years ago
Two-toed amphiuma
Amphiuma means Two-toed amphiuma

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keithp2012 8 years ago

Do they burrow under the mud when the water dries?

KimChampagne 8 years ago


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Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

very interesting !

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Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Feb 25, 2013
Submitted on Feb 25, 2013


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