At the Zoo
The barred tiger salamander is currently being cared for by zookeepers off exhibit
Status in the Wild
Tiger salamanders have a dark brown or black body, with yellow bars and spots. They have a flat, rounded head with a thick neck, wide mouth, and large eyes. They are one of the largest land salamanders in the United States and have strong legs and a long tail. Their skin must constantly be moist. A neotenic individual is an individual tiger salamander that does not undergo metamorphosis and becomes sexually mature in the larval body form, due to unfavorable terrestrial conditions.
The most notable concerns regarding tiger salamanders are habitat destruction, deforestation, and increased water acidity.
Tiger salamanders are listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).