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Old Apr 18, 2013, 9:11 PM   #1
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Found this hungry guy in the Everglades. Not sure what he is eating, but it sure looks tasty


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Old Apr 18, 2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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Beautiful capture! Nice color and sharpness! The worm looks nasty though.
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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think that is some sort of eel in it's beak.
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Nice, unique shot, Mug. I love shots that are different, and this one works good. I think you're right about the critter being an eel. There is a salamander that looks like an eel, but I think they are black.
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It is a limbless amphibian. Robert, you are thinking of Amphiuma means, the two toed amphiuma. I think this may be Amphiuma pholeter, the one-toed amphiuma. You can barely make out two of the tiny limbs. I saw plenty of the big "Congo Eels" when I was in Florida, but I don't think I ever saw this one.
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It is a limbless amphibian. Robert, you are thinking of Amphiuma means, the two toed amphiuma. I think this may be Amphiuma pholeter, the one-toed amphiuma. You can barely make out two of the tiny limbs. I saw plenty of the big "Congo Eels" when I was in Florida, but I don't think I ever saw this one.
Years ago, when I was in high school, I caught an Amphiuma in a seine net from a small spring-fed pond. I kept it in an aquarium, and eventually returned it to the pond. Quite an interesting amphibian. I want to say it was dark, maybe black. I also had Tiger salamanders caught in the same net (different time), which were in the larval stage. Kept them until they transformed into tigers. Fed them worms and crickets. One would take a cricket from my fingers, the way my dog now takes a treat.
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That is a special capture Mugmar, congratulations.

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Thank you for the kind words JJ and Hawg.

Thanks for the ID of the Amphiuma pholeter Penolta
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....yes very special capture and very 'especially' well done.
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