National Science Foundation Reviews. States and Canada, The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. All other observations come from collections of nests in natural settings. After hatching, the male continues to guard the young for about a week. Reviews. The adults had been kept at 7-8°C (44-46°F), and the eggs were deposited under a rock in spring when the water temperature reached 12°C (54°F). Also, males have been observed with bite marks, indicating Intergradation with S.i. unclear if the sirens collected in the vicinity of the clutches are engaged in guarding the 1999. (Petranka, 1998), Lesser sirens appear to use chemical cues to find food, owing to their reduced eyes and their preference for habitats with heavy vegetation and murky water. Spent females have been observed with multiple bites possibly indicating that biting is part of courtship in this salamander. (AmphibiaWeb, 2016; Parra-Olea, et al., 2008; Petranka, 1998), Siren intermedia was first described by LeConte, and later verified by Noble and Marshall. dorsal surface. either mate guarding behaviors or territorial encounters. During the day, it remains hidden under submerged roots or aquatic plants. AUTHOR: Matt Brock, Wildlife Biologist, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Official Web Site of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, © 2020 Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 64 N. Union Street, Suite 468 - Montgomery, Alabama 36130, Physically Disabled Hunting and Fishing Trail. (Gehlbach, et al., 1973; Martin, et al., 2013; Petranka, 1998), Lesser sirens in general seem to have small home ranges, with males and larger individuals having larger home ranges than females and smaller individuals. The eastern lesser siren (Siren intermedia intermedia) is found from central Alabama to southeast Virginia, within the coastal plain. Similar to S.i.