Deep in its upper jaw, the mudsnake has sharp fangs that can snag a slimy salamander.
The night-feeding mudsnake trolls the shallows, striking fast, and overpowering prey with heavy coils.
A large aquatic salamander, the amphiuma oozes thick mucus, making it difficult to grasp.
Those little legs aren’t much for motion, but the sleek salamander can swim fast. Behind its silly smile are sharp teeth it can use to fight for its life.
The battle between these big swamp things is epic, but the amphiuma can’t slip the snake’s sharp-toothed jaws and ever-tightening coils. The snake wins.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill