Eastern Tiger Salamander
Scientific Name: Ambystoma tigrinum
Special Note*: Size: 7-8.25 inches (18-21 cm) in length
Woodlands, open fields, and meadows with soil suitable for burrowing.
Large, stout, heavy bodied species. The background color is brown to brownish black with large olive to olive-yellow variable spots and irregular bars that are present along the dorsum, sides, tail , head and legs. The underside is yellow-olive with dark blotches.
- The dorsal background color is brown to brownish black with large olive to olive-yellow variable spots and irregular bars that are present along the dorsum, sides, tail , head and legs.
- The ventral is yellow-olive with dark blotches.
- Large, stout, heavy bodied species.
- The head is short with a bluntly rounded stout.
- The limbs are strong and well-developed.
- The feet have short broad toes with dark brown cornified tips
- 12-13 costal grooves.
- Similar to adults, but dorsal pattern more diffused..
- The dorsal has a pair of blotches.
- The ventral is unpigmented.
- The dorsal is dull green with black spotting.
- The ventral is white.
- The head is broad with a rounded snout.
- The gills are bushy.
- The dorsal fin is broad.
May be Confused With:
- Spotted Salamander
- Hulse, C. and McCoy C. J. and Ellen Censky ,1998. Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast. 63-66pp.
- Petranka, James W. ,1998. Salamanders of the United States and Canada. 108-127pp.
- Tom Diez
- Bob Hamilton
- Dave Emma
- Brandon Curtis
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