My friend caught a strange looking animal and he's saying it is an axolotl. I keep telling him it's almost impossible, since they are almost extinct in their natural environment and he caught it in St-Larent River (Quebec, Canada)

Anyone have any idea what it is ? enter image description here enter image description here


Based on the size and location that appears to be a Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus). Common mudpuppy © Brian Gratwicke (CC BY)(Photo © Brian Gratwicke — CC BY)

The four toes visible on the front foot are also consistent with this identification.

This species is found throughout eastern North America and you can learn more about them from the Canadian herpetological society and iNaturalist.

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    $\begingroup$ @SamuelFyckes Note that just like the axolotl, it doesn't metamorphose to the adult stage - that's what makes them "strange looking" and similar. They're both salamanders that never "grow up". $\endgroup$ – Luaan Jan 21 at 9:40

Judging from the small limbs and overall size, it appears to be a large aquatic salamander, similar to Necturus maculosus, the mudpuppy. These have a pretty cosmopolitan distribution in North America, including into southern Canada. I can't tell from the photo if it has external gills.



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