Greater Siren

Greater Siren

Greater Siren
Siren lacertina


CLASS
Amphibia
ORDER
Caudata
FAMILY
Sirenidae

Range

Virginia south along the Atlantic coast through Florida and into the gulf coast of Alabama


Habitat

Ditches, streams, rivers, swamps, lakes, ponds, and some bays


Diet

Crawfish, aquatic insects, worms, snails, and small fish

Size

Can exceed 3 ft.

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • This is the largest of the sirens and they are known to exceed three feet in length.
  • These aquatic animals have long eel-like bodies and external gills.
  • They spend most of their time buried in mud or sand.
  • If the siren's body of water dries up it can burrow in the mud bottom and secrete a cocoon of mucus and shed skin that covers its body to prevent water loss. All body functions slow down, some by 70 percent, and it can live for more than a year, until the pond refills with water.
  • Sirens are generally regarded as the most primitive of living salamanders.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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