Tiger Salamander Complex Ambystoma tigrinum

Description: 6 - 8 inches. Tiger Salamanders are dark colored with yellow spots all over the body. Young Tiger Salamanders may lack spots completely, and some adults may have spots so broad that they appear to be yellow with fine dark lines. The belly is yellowish in color with a darker marbled pattern.

Similar Species: Eastern Tiger Salamanders are often mistaken for the much less common Spotted Salamander. Spotted Salamanders are restricted to Pine and Carlton counties in Minnesota.

Comments: Tiger salamanders breed in fishless wetlands, but spend much of the season in upland habitats. Adults overwinter in the uplands and burrow below the frostline.

Distribution Map
Distribution of the Tiger Salamander Complex (Ambystoma tigrinum)

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Phenology of Tiger Salamander Complex (Ambystoma tigrinum)