Mudpuppies : Great Lakes Aquarium
Mudpuppy - GLA


Exhibits: Uplands

Animal Groups: Amphibians

Latin Name: Necturus maculosus

Mudpuppies will eat just about anything. This includes snails, crayfish, fish, frogs, worms, mollusks and insects.


This unique salamander spends all of its life in the water. They live in lakes and rivers with rocky substrate.

Animal Size: 10-15 inches long
Conservation Status: Least Concern; Species in Greatest Conservation Need Status in Minnesota

Natural History

This species uses its external gills to breath. They are sensitive to changes in water quality as their slimy skin absorbs things from their environment.