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Olms and Mudpuppies: Proteidae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Olm (proteus Anguinus): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, MUDPUPPIES OLMS AND PEOPLE

OLM (Proteus anguinus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Olms live in southeastern Europe, and mudpuppies live in eastern North America. The Appalachian Mountains form a wedge separating the coastal waterdogs from the inland mudpuppies. Olms live in the limestone cave systems along the Adriatic Sea from western Slovenia and northeastern Italy in the north to Montenegro in the south. Most of them live in western Slovenia.

Olms and mudpuppies have long been used for scientific studies. Mudpuppies are caught and sold as pets. Olms are a tourist attraction, particularly in Slovenia. Because of their thin skin and dependence on clean water with plenty of oxygen, olms and mudpuppies may be good indicators of water quality.

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Animal Life ResourceAmphibians