Salamanders


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 salamanders exhibit black as a background color and a pattern of yellowish-brown spots that vary in size and shape.

Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum)

Tiger salamanders are often seen at night after a heavy rainfall. This is even more true during the breeding season. They live in almost any damp place; debris near water, damp cellars, and even small mammal burrows.

Gray tiger salamanders are a common subspecies of the tiger salamander found in easter North Dakota. Their background color can vary from olive-green to dark brown with a pattern of small dark spots.

Gray Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum diaboli)

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.

Blotched Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum)

Salamanders will eat almost anything, especially nightcrawlers.

Tiger Salamander Larva

The mudpuppy.