One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large aquatic salamander of the eastern US, reaching sexual maturity while retaining an immature body form with feathery external gills.
Necturus maculosus, family Proteidae. Compare with waterdog
- ‘In Iowa, what many people call mud puppies are the waterdogs, the larvae of our tiger salamander.’
- ‘The Science Center of Connecticut in West Hartford loaned a Bengal tiger, a mud puppy (a type of salamander), a period bird's egg cabinet, again without provenance, and various shells and fossils.’
- ‘If you're not into aquariums, you may not know what mud puppies are.’
- ‘I have kept axotyls, Mexican cave salamanders, mud puppies and once a hellbender.’
- ‘In his newly renovated laboratory on the second floor of the Lillie Building, Dionne is studying the sense of smell in the mud puppy, a large freshwater salamander.’
- ‘The families Sirenidae, Necturidae (mud puppy), and Amphiumidae (congo eels) occur only in the southeastern United States.’
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