Mudpuppies (family Proteidae
) live entirely in water breathing via feathery external gills. They have four fully developed legs. Only one species is found in Florida.
The Alabama Waterdog
, Necturus alabamensis
, is found in muddy-bottomed streams in the western panhandle. It is dark brown to black with small dark spots. It has four toes on each foot and a small ridge on its tail. It may reach a length of 8.75".
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