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Northern Dwarf Siren

Northern dwarf siren is a permanently-gilled, aquatic amphibian occurring in the southeastern United States. It is one of the species of dwarf sirens. There are three recognized subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Subclass Lissamphibia
    Order Caudata
    Suborder Sirenoidea
    Family Sirenidae
    Genus Pseudobranchus
    Scientific Name Pseudobranchus striatus

    Size 4.0–9.9 in (10–25 cm)
    Color Light-gray or brown upper surface with light stripe on the flanks
    Distribution Southeastern United States (south Carolina, Georgia, and Florida)
    Habitat Shallow ditches, weed-choked ponds, cypress swamps
    Diet Aquatic invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact May hibernate during cold weather
    Predators Semiaquatic snakes, fishes, wading birds, turtles, alligators
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period 1 month
    Reproductive Age Less than 1 year
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 20th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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