Tiger salamanders are found throughout North Dakota. These salamanders
can grow quite large. Adults are commonly found from 6-13 inches long.
As the name implies, tiger salamanders are usually bicolored. One color
describes the background or body of the animal, while the other color describes
the pattern. Background colors range from gray, black, and brown, to olive
green. The patterns may be spots, bands, bars, or blotches of various sizes,
shapes, and colors.
Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum
Eastern tiger salamanders exhibit black as a background color and a
pattern of yellowish-brown spots that vary in size and shape.
Gray Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum diaboli
Gray tiger salamanders are a common subspecies of the tiger salamander
found in eastern North Dakota. Their background color can vary from olive-green
to dark brown with a pattern of small dark spots.
Blotched Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum
The blotched tiger salamanders are another subspecies of the tiger salamander
that is found in the center of our state. Ther coloration is olive-green
with dark black blotches which may form a netlike pattern on the back.
Tiger Salamander Larva
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