Posted Feb 02, 2014
I LOVE mudpuppies. My first mudpuppy was actually a rescue. I grew up in the country, and with that having been said, we did a lot of fishing. One day my best friend accidentally caught a mudpuppy on a hook. The poor salamander's mouth was cut. Instead of throwing him back and hoping he made it, I brought him home and watched him closely. After he was better, we asked the Wild Life Game and Fish dept. if it was a good idea to release him. They were afraid he'd become too accustomed to being fed every day, and that letting him go may be a bad idea.
Four years later, I left for college and he now belongs to my sister. He is about 15 inches long, and very happy. He gets fed worms and/or crickets daily, lives in a 65 gal. tank with a catfish (also a rescue), and is quite fat and happy.
Mudpuppies can be found in shallow riverbeds and creeks. They are usually hidden in vegetation, however they are carnivores. The really cool thing about mudpuppies is that they are one of only a few salamanders who NEVER lose their gills. They live underwater all their lives, and look like an underwater dragon (hence ours being named MuShu). You can handle them, though I don't recommend over handling. They are fun pets and great for kids.