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.
- 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.
- The families Sirenidae, Necturidae (mud puppy), and Amphiumidae (congo eels) occur only in the southeastern United States.
- In Iowa, what many people call mud puppies are the waterdogs, the larvae of our tiger salamander.
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