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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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Old 20th April 2016   #1
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Default Are these Necturus babies?

My friend in Kentucky found these clumps of eggs in pond, and now that they hatched he thinks they are necturus. Are they?
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Default Re: Are these Necturus babies?

They look like Ambystoma larvae, not sure of species. Necturus larvae have smaller, narrower heads and the bodies are more elongated.



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Default Re: Are these Necturus babies?

Definitely Ambystoma. Necturus don't really live in ponds, they're usually in rivers, streams, and larger lakes. The eggs would be under rocks in a big cluster of individual eggs, usually guarded by the mother.



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Default Re: Are these Necturus babies?

Also agree they're ambystomatids. Head is way too broad for Necturus. I have some baby Necturus cf beyeri right now I'm rearing. Might be able to take a pic so you can see comparison.



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Default Re: Are these Necturus babies?

Sorry I forgot to post those pics. Here:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/members...cf-beyeri.html

You can see how different the Necturus look from ambystomatids. Narrower heads, longer, skinnier bodies, paddle-shaped tail.



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