Creepy new reptile found in Florida!

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant salamander living in Florida. OF COURSE.

It's one of the largest creatures to be discovered in the U.S. in more than a century, with spots similar to a leopard's and a body like an eel. Scientists dubbed the new species a "reticulated siren" (or, to be precise, Siren reticulata), after finding it in Ocalossa County. The creature can grow up to two feet in length, and, like other members of the Sirenidae family, is completely aquatic, preferring to live in swamps or mud...which is maybe why we never knew it existed before now. 

So...who feels like going for a swim?   

[Orlando Weekly]

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