Mudpuppy in Allegany
During the kids fishing derby this weekend the DEC staff biologist were on site to hand-out educational information on fishing, etc. . . . they had also captured a few fish to placed into a fish tank for everyone to view up close! But, what was most amazing is that when they were capturing the minnows and fish . . . . they came across a mudpuppy along the waters edge. He stated that they witnessed this mudpuppy entangled with a little Water Snake. And it was the mudpuppy that had the upper end of the snake battle!! I call that “salamander power” and would have LOVED to see that battle!!
Although this individual was located in a fish tank . . . . I was still very excited to see this adult mudpuppy since this is my first time ever photographing one. Back when I use to do the pond-and-stream-safari here in Allegany State Park the kids would come back with their nets and say “what’s this”?? That’s when you start wondering if this gilled salamander is a young mudpuppy or another young species of salamander?? You just have to love salamanders!!
BTW: Most of you have not heard this for a while – Mudpuppy – CHECK!
For more info on these Mudpuppies go to wikipedia: