About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Creature Feature #485: Mudpuppy

The Mudpuppy are a Genus of aquatic salamander, native to the eastern United States and Canada. The best known is the Common Mudpuppy. He undergoes paedomorphosis, retaining his external gills (rather like an Axolotl). He is heavily reliant on these gills for respiration and Mudpuppies living in stagnant pools have larger, feathery gills than those inhabiting fast-flowing streams. He follows a nocturnal lifestyle and is an opportunistic carnivore, eating anything he can get in his mouth, including annelids, crustaceans, molluscs and insects.

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