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Western Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia nettingi)
Description: A long, eel like salamander with bushy external gills, a
flattened tail, and tiny front legs (and no hind legs). Color is gray, brown, or
olive. Adults are 7 to 19.7 inches (118 to 50 cm) long.
Photo © Jim Harding
Habitat/Habits: In Michigan, known only from shallow lake edges in
Allegan and Van Buren counties. Still, muddy waters with abundant plant growth
are preferred habitats. Sirens can move overland in damp weather to colonize new
habitats. They eat small invertebrate animals, including insects, crayfish, and
Breeding: Mating habits are poorly known. Two hundred or more eggs are
laid by the female, in shallow bottom depressions. Larvae mature in about 2 to 3
Conservation: Sirens have not been seen in Michigan for many years,
but are secretive and easily over looked. Primary range extends from northern
Indiana to the U.S. Gulf coast and Florida. Report any Michigan sightings of
this species to the DNR Wildlife Division.