Greater Siren

Greater Siren

Scientific Name – Siren lacertina

Classification – Sirenidae

Average Length – 18 to 97 cm (7 to 38 in)

Average Weight – 55 to 1,000 g (1.9 to 35.3 oz)

Life Expectancy – Around 25 years in captivity

Breeding Season – February to March

Incubation Period – Around 2 months

Special Features – Color ranges from black to brown with light gray or yellow underbellies; possess short forelimbs and are devoid of hind limbs; have external gills

Family Unit – Solitary creatures

Geographical Distribution – North America

World Population – Unknown

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Densely vegetated swamps, ponds, and ditches, also found in streams and large lakes

Diet – Annelids, insects, snails, small fishes

Predators – Red-bellied mud snakes, American alligators