amphiuma

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aquatic eel-shaped salamander having two pairs of very small feet

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Amphiumas spend most of their time foraging in the bottom of streams, hunkering down beneath leaf litter and vegetation.
Amphiumas love crayfish, but they'll eat anything they can get in their mouths, including aquatic insects, worms, and tadpoles.
"There are few species that are truly slimy," says Mitchell, "but this is one that you can't hold still because of a thin layer of mucus that covers their skin and allows oxygen molecules to pass through their skin, when under water." When small bodies of water get hot, oxygen levels plummet, and that's when amphiumas will sometimes rise to the surface and gulp air, a talent that newts and tadpoles also possess.
One day, after setting several traps in a heavily vegetated pond in the Five Forks unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, he and his colleagues made an unexpected discovery: an enormous black salamander called a two-toed amphiuma.
North America's largest salamander, the two-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma means) grows to nearly four feet long and resembles a big black eel with scrawny little legs.
But there is some good news: NPCA is working with Virginia's senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, to add acreage to Petersburg National Battlefield, a move that would protect hallowed ground while preserving critical habitat for the amphiuma and hundreds of other species that make Petersburg their home.
Amphiumas' legs are small and weak, but their jaws sure aren't.