From Xplor for Kids
March 2018 Issue

Predator vs. Prey: Western Mudsnake vs. Three-Toed Amphiuma

Secret Weapons

Deep in its upper jaw, the mudsnake has sharp fangs that can snag a slimy salamander.

Underwater Night Stalker

The night-feeding mudsnake trolls the shallows, striking fast, and overpowering prey with heavy coils.

Long on Slime

A large aquatic salamander, the amphiuma oozes thick mucus, making it difficult to grasp.

Flee or Fight

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.

And the winner is…

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.

Also in this issue

Speckled Kingsnake in the grass

Show-Me Serpents

Fold up our mini field guide and find 10 great snakes near you.

Boy in Mud

Down With Getting Dirty

Animals don’t mind a mess. In fact, they love getting muddy.

And More...

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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