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Two-Toed Amphiuma Natural History

This is a discussion on Two-Toed Amphiuma Natural History within the Large Aquatic Salamanders (Hellbenders/Cryptobranchids, Necturus, Siren, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. Im a herpetologist and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, ...

Large Aquatic Salamanders (Hellbenders/Cryptobranchids, Necturus, Siren, etc.) This topic covers Cryptobranchids like the hellbender and Asian giant salamanders, as well as sirens, mud puppies, and amphiumas.

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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. Im a herpetologist and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over20
Although salamanders are not defenseless, herp enthusiasts tend not to give their jaws the respect we accord snakes and other reptiles. Until, that is, they tangle with an angry Two Toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means)! At a record length of 45.6 inches, this third longest of the worlds salamanders is a major predator in the waters it inhabits, and able to bite viciously in self-defense. It is also one of the most interesting and hardy amphibians one can keep, with several longevities approaching 30 years recorded. In fact, I chose one from among literally thousands of available animals to pose with for my staff photo at the Bronx Zoo (displayed to visitors as they enter the reptile house)and it drew as much or more attention as the more typical large constrictors and young crocs! Read the rest of this article here The Two Toed Amphiuma: Giant Salamander that Bites Like a Watersnake!
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