Tiger salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum

Tiger salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum
Least Concern
Ambystoma tigrinum

Characteristics and Behavior:

The tiger salamander is a large, stocky amphibian with a wide head and rounded snout. They can reach up to 8 inches in length and feature dark coloration with distinct yellow splotches, which helps to camouflage them in their environment. While widespread, they live underground most of the year. In Florida, tiger salamanders may breed in depression marshes, basin marshes, sinkhole ponds, dome swamps, hardwood swamps, and sandhill lakes. Tiger salamanders are solitary creatures that are active primarily at night and can often be found in burrows or hiding under logs during the day. They are known to be voracious predators, feeding on a variety of insects, worms, and other small animals.



Fun Facts:

  1. Tiger salamanders are able to regenerate lost limbs, tails, and even parts of their brain and spinal cord.
  2. During dry periods, tiger salamanders are able to survive by aestivating (entering a state of suspended animation).
  3. The tiger salamander is the official state amphibian of Kansas and Colorado.

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