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Puddle Jumper

Basic Information

Anatomy & Morphology

Puddle Jumpers resemble catfish with four legs. They have dorsal fins, caudal fins, and pectoral fins located near the ribs. They are highly variable in size and coloration. They have many small, pin-like teeth, though they rarely bite anything but their food. Their scales and fins can be sharp when stroked in the wrong direction.

Ecology and Habitats

Puddle Jumpers most commonly inhabit rivers and lakes, but there are saltwater varieties that live off the beaches of oceans and seas. They don't make a burrow, but often defend a small section of the bottom.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Puddle Jumpers feast on the layers of decaying matter at the bottoms of rivers, lakes, and shallow areas of the ocean. It relies on the whiskers on the sides of its face and its sense of smell to locate food. It also will eat the decaying remains of fish and animals near the shorelines of the bodies of water it inhabits.

Biological Cycle

In areas with very cold winters, Puddle Jumpers will enter a state of torpor where they eat almost nothing, and laze at the bottom of the body of water. In the warmer months, they can often be seen foraging for food.

Additional Information

Social Structure

No social structure or hierarchy


In some subspecies, domestication has done away with the sharp fins and scales, but not in all species.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Common throughout most of Leira

Average Intelligence

Quite unintelligent

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Despite their large eyes, they are guided mostly by their sense of touch in their whiskers and to a lesser extent their sense of smell. They seem more aware of their surroundings underwater, and will often retreat to the water when threatened.

Puddle Jumper
by AnzBananz
Conservation Status
Common along beaches, rivers, lakes, etc.
Average Height
0.5-2 ft
Average Weight
~10 lbs
Average Length
1-3 ft
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Variable coloration and markings

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Cover image: Wood River Wetland by Greg Shine, BLM


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20 May, 2019 08:23

Omg, those eyes. Do people ever keep these little adorbs as pets?

20 May, 2019 14:19

Yes! I apologize, this is actually the first article I wrote on World Anvil - I just recently published it. I thought I had talked about them as pets a bit more. They make good pets, even if they’re a little derpy.