- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Subphylum: Vertebrata
- Class: Amphibia
- Family: Ambystomatidae
- Genus: Ambystoma
- Species: Ambystoma tigrinum
- This mole salamander is the largest land dwelling salamander in North America.
- It also has the greatest range of any other North American salamander.
- Fully metamorphosed adults lead a terrestrial existance and, depending upon where in the country they are found, some may inhabit forests, grasslands, or marshy areas.
- Adult Length 17-33 cm.
- The adult tiger salamander is a thick-bodied creature generally with yellow blotches or spots against a black background.
- Once in a while there will be one with blotches that are tan or olive green in color.
- The spots or blotches are never in any set shape, size or position.
- They are efficient predators in their aqautic and subterranean environment, and their prey includes some insect pests.
- Populations in the southeastern U.S. have been affected by deforestation and loss of wetland habitats and appear to be declining in many areas.
- Other threats for these salamanders are being hit by cars and polluting of their ponds and habitats.
Information courtesy of Animal Diversity website.