Lesser Siren

Lesser Siren

Scientific Name – Siren intermedia

Classification – Sirenidae

Average Length – Around 18–65 cm

Life Expectancy – Up to 25.7 years in captivity

Breeding Season – Not known

Incubation period – 2 months

Special Features – Small dorsal fin running from the vent to the tip of the tail; possess only a reduce pair of front legs and devoid of back legs; four toes on each foot; color ranges from light grayish green to olive or black

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – Eastern United States and northern Mexico

World Population – Unknown

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Slow moving body of water with abundance of aquatic vegetation including marshes, ponds, ditches, and canals

Diet – Mainly aquatic invertebrates, including various kinds of worms, snails, and crustaceans; also feed on tadpoles and eggs of other amphibians

Predators – Water snakes, fishes, wading birds, alligators