By Louie Stout

Creepy Mudpuppies are Kinda Cool - Indiana DNR Photo

Creepy Mudpuppies are Kinda Cool - Indiana DNR Photo

During a recent conversation with Indiana District Fish Biologist Tom Bacula, he mentioned encountering “mudpuppies” during a fish survey on Maxinkuckee Lake.

“We don’t see many on other lakes, but find them often when we’re on Maxinkuckee,” Bacula said. “They like nice clean water.”

Mudpuppies are members of the salamander family and can be found in lakes, rivers and ponds. Most are rusty brown or have a gray and black back and grow to a little over 13 inches.

They have little legs and “feet” that allows them to craw on the bottom, and can look a little like newborn dog puppies. They have small mouths and bushy gills on the side of the head. While some salamanders survive on land, these do not.