This is a greater siren, Siren lacertina. Sirens are salamanders, though they resemble eels. They rarely if ever leave the water, and their legs are reduced to tiny structures. They retain the external gills that all larval salamanders have, but in sirens the gills stay through adulthood.
James Harding (photographer; copyright holder; identification), Michigan State University
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