Where in the world?
Streams, swamps, lakes and rivers of the eastern United States and northern Mexico.
Sirens are a species of aquatic salamander and are some of the largest amphibians found in North America. They have an elongated body and range in color from black to brown, with lighter gray or yellow underbellies. They lack hind limbs and have external gills which they retain throughout their lives.
These animals are nocturnal and spend the day under rocks or burrowed in mud or thick vegetation. At night they hunt for insects, snails and other invertebrates.
The Greater Siren’s adult size ranges from 20 – 35 inches long while the Lesser Siren reaches about 20 – 25 inches.
Did you know?
While sirens usually burrow in mud in the bottom of marshes and streams or hide among water plants, they occasionally venture on to dry land for short periods of time. Unlike most salamanders, some species of siren can vocalize when they are out of the water. They make a soft yelping or squeaking sound.