Thursday, August 16, 2012

World's only barking (waterdogs) amphibian; MUDPUPPY

World's only barking (waterdogs) amphibian; MUDPUPPY

Mudpuppies, also called waterdogs, are one of only a few salamanders that make noise.Scientists consider it a misconception that they make a barking sound. But they are known long for their doglike barking.Among the largest of the salamanders, mudpuppies can exceed 16 inches (41 centimeters) in length.

Fishermen who hook mudpuppies will often cut their line rather than touch these extremely slimy amphibians, believing incorrectly that these innocent creatures are poisonous (they are not poisonous).Their average life span in the wild 11 years (may reach 20 years of age) and range in size from 11in to 16 in (28 to 40cm).

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