• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Family: Ambystomatidae
  • Genus: Ambystoma
  • Species: Ambystoma tigrinum

Geographic Range

  • This mole salamander is the largest land dwelling salamander in North America.
  • It also has the greatest range of any other North American salamander.

Habitat

  • 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.

Physical Description

  • 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.

Ecosystem Roles

  • They are efficient predators in their aqautic and subterranean environment, and their prey includes some insect pests.

Conservation Status

  • 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.