Tiger Salamander - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name: Tiger Salamander
Ambystoma tigrinum
Feeding Type:
Temperate North America
Ponds, streams and temporary pools
Diet in the Wild:
Live earthworms and other invertebrates
Diet at the Zoo: Salamander2
Crickets and earthworms
Between 12 and 15 years
Tiger salamanders measure between 7 and 8 ¼ inches. The background color is dull yellow, and dark markings are large but usually take up less area than the background color. These irregular markings often form a network-like pattern. They have a long tail and webbed feet that aid in swimming. Their mouth is generally a large opening, and they have no teeth.
Tiger salamanders are secretive animals and spend most of their lives underground. They gather in large numbers in the spring for courtship and egg laying. They use their long tails to swim. This amphibian must have its skin moist at all times.
They are early spring breeders are often congregate in deeper water. Eggs are laid in clusters, either floating on the surface, or submerged and attached to sticks. Eggs are a clear “bubble,” and are incubated by the heat from the sun. Tiger salamander tadpoles have external gills as opposed to frog tadpoles that have internal gills. It takes 4 to 5 years for salamanders to reach sexual maturity.
Tiger salamanders are at a lower risk. However, water pollution poses as a threat to these amphibians.


Interesting Facts

Our Animals

  • Tiger salamanders have no ear glands.
  • They have no teeth
  • Widely studied as laboratory animals.
  • The Zoo has two Blotched Tiger Salamanders, a subspecies of Tiger Salamanders.
  • They are not on exhibit and are education animals.
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