Barred Tiger Salamander

Barred Tiger Salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum mavortium

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Quick Facts
Body Length:
Weight:
Typically 6 to 8.5 inches, though they can grow up to 13 inches
4 to 8 ounces
Wild diet: Insects, slugs, earthworms, tadpoles, and fish
Zoo Diet: Crickets
Distribution: Central Nebraska to northeastern Mexico
Habitat: Near water and forested and prarie areas
  • From the fire they come

  • Legend says that salamanders were born from fire. They typically hide in moist logs, and when these logs are thrown into a fire, they scurry out. The word salamander comes from the Greek words for "fire lizard." 

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At the Zoo

The barred tiger salamander is currently being cared for by zookeepers off exhibit

Description

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.

Status in the Wild

The most notable concerns regarding tiger salamanders are habitat destruction, deforestation, and increased water acidity.

Conservation Programs

Tiger salamanders are listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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