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Three-toed amphiuma

By MSA 2005 Map showing lakes, streams, ditches, bayous, and swamps habitats in southern United States


Class Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Amphiumidae
Genus and species: Amphiuma tridactylum
At first glance, this salamander looks like an eel. But a closer look reveals two pairs of tiny legs—something eels (which are fish) don’t have. Amphiumas also act like eels, swaying in the water.

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