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mudpuppies and waterdogs


The mudpuppies and waterdogs are a small family of only 6 species found in eastern North America and southeastern Europe. All members of this family look like larval salamanders throughout their lives, with external gills and remaining exclusively in water. Some species live in caves and others live in lakes and streams. They eat bacteria, protozoans, slime, and small invertebrates and fish.

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