/am'fee yooh"meuh/, n.
an aquatic, eellike salamander of the genus Amphiuma, of the southeastern U.S., having two pairs of very small feet.
[ < NL Amphiuma name of the genus, prob. irreg. formation. See AMPHI-, PNEUMA]

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also called  Congo eel , or  Congo snake (Amphiuma) 

      any of three species of North American salamanders belonging to the family Amphiumidae (order Caudata). Because they are long and slender and have inconspicuous legs, they are often mistaken for eels or snakes. The body is gray or brown and paler on the lower side. The usual habitat is swamps and drainage ditches.

      Although there are both three-toed and one-toed species, the most widely distributed (Virginia to Louisiana) is Amphiuma means, which usually grows to 46–116 cm (18–46 inches) in length and has two toes on each foot. Amphiumas have strong jaws and sharp teeth and, unlike most salamanders, can bite viciously. Their diet consists chiefly of crayfish, clams, snails, and other small animals. Fertilization is internal, and the female lays from 40 to 350 eggs in a single clutch.

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