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Lesser Siren

Siren intermedia

Description:

An eel-like salamander that only has front legs, which are tiny. All the other sirens I have seen were pretty much black, but this guy was green and black mottled, he was so pretty! They are very feathery, red gills that are exposed, and the eyes are greatly reduced because they live in murky water and don't rely on site. Unlike other salamanders, sirens make noises and can communicate to each through clicking.

Habitat:

Caught two of these in a marsh with a minnow trap. We kept them in a bucket with water, then would just lift them above the bucket for a few pictures then put them back for a bit before repeating, this prevented them from drying out. After about a 20 minutes photo shoot they were returned to the marsh.

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4 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Thanks Mark, Brendan, and glbnoah! These are always fun to find! And of course glbnoah, I always return everything to its home :)

glbnoah109
glbnoah109 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing and also returning the salamander to its home.

BrendanSmith
BrendanSmith 6 years ago

Great series! Nice size on those...bigger in Texas!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Interesting creatures. Nothing like that here.

AshleyT
Spotted by
AshleyT

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2013
Submitted on Jul 12, 2013

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