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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

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe and drink through their skin! Their skin is not watertight, but they have mucous glands that produce secretions to help keep them from drying out Their skin also serves as a handy defense mechanism: nearly all amphibians have poison glands that make their skin toxic - and on top of that, it can even serve as a tasty treat after they shed it (yes, many amphibians eat their own sloughed off skin)!

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