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Greater Siren

(Siren lacertina)


Category: Amphibians



These eel-like amphibians are one of the largest amphibians in North America. They are aquatic and can be found in streams, swamps, lakes, and rivers. Their front legs are so small that they can be hidden in their gills. They are nocturnal and mostly carnivorous, and like sharks, use a lateral line sense organ to detect prey.

Learn more about the Greater Siren at Wikipedia and Reptiles Magazine.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Caudata
Family - Sirenidae
Genus - Siren
Species - S. lacertina

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Interesting Animal Facts

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live in the water until they grow legs and lungs and become toads. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there always has to be an exception to the rule: the male Suriname toad implants eggs into the female’s back, which sink into her skin and forms pockets where the eggs eventually hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles live on their mother’s back until transforming into toads, at which point they burrow out of her skin in a fascinating or horrifying (or both) display, depending on your perspective.

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