Necturus maculosus

MudpuppyNH Conservation Status: Unknown, thought to be Introduced.


State Rank Status: Unknown, thought to be Introduced.


Distribution: Parts of the Connecticut River and its tributaries. Introduced into other waterbodies.


Description: A very gray to brown large (8-13 inches) aquatic salamander. Mudpuppies retain large red bushy gills throughout their life span.


Commonly Confused Species: None.

Habitat: All types of permanent water bodies including lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Often found close to underwater debris piles.


Life History: Attaches single eggs beneath underwater objects. Nests in the vicinity of weeds and rocks to provide cover. Active throughout the winter in deep water.


Conservation Threats: Believed to be an introduced species.


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