Three-toed amphiuma

The Three-toed amphiuma is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Amphiuma tridactylum, the three-toed amphiuma, is the second largest of the three species reaching a maximum size of 106 cm (41.7 inches) in total length. The laterally compressed tail can compose up to 25% of the total body length. More

The three-toed amphiuma lives in swamps, lakes, ditches, and sluggish streams. BEHAVIOR Although A. More

three-toed amphiumas (Amphiuma tridactylum) is within the Gulf Coast Plain centered around the lower Mississippi River from the Brazos River Valley in Texas to central Alabama, and north to southern Illinois and extreme southwestern Kentucky. 2. Historical versus Current Abundance. More

three-toed amphiuma spends almost all of its time in the water. It's a nocturnal animal, meaning it's active mainly at night. This is when the amphiuma can be seen in shallow water, foraging for food. More

two-toed and three-toed amphiumas have each been recorded at over 39 inches (100 cm) in total length. The three-toed amphiuma is likely to play the role of top predator in many aquatic systems. Amphiuma predators include cottonmouths, alligators, and mud snakes. More

The three-toed amphiuma is found in the United States, along the Gulf of Mexico states, from Alabama to Texas, and north to Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Often is found in bottomland marshes and lakes, bayous, cypress sloughs, and streams in hilly regions. More

The Three-toed Amphiuma has an eel-like appearance and can reach lengths of over 30 inches. They possess two pairs of tiny legs each having three toes. The Three-toed Amphiuma is dark brown on the back and pale gray on the belly. More

Distribution and Habitat: The three-toed amphiuma is an inhabitant of sluggish Coastal Plain streams, oxbow lakes, and flooded ditches in the Mississippi River drainages of West Tennessee. More

The Three-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma tridactylum) is the second largest of the three species, and can reach more than 40 inches in length. They also tend to have the greatest difference between dark dorsal and light ventral coloring of the three species. More

three-toed amphiuma, Amphiuma tridactylum, also found in the southern USA, is similar in appearance and habits but has three toes on each of its tiny limbs. More

Physical characteristics: Three-toed amphiumas have three toes on each foot. Hatchlings are 1.5 to 2.5 (4 to 6 centimeters) long from tip of snout to tip of tail. Young three-toed amphiumas that have recently finished metamorphosis are about 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) long. More

The Three-toed Amphiuma has a much lighter belly that contrats with the back and sides and the One-toed is uniformly colored. The latter species is also much smaller, rarely exceeding 12 inches in length. More

Order : Caudata
Family : Amphiumidae
Genus : Amphiuma
Species : tridactylum
Authority : Cuvier, 1827