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Tiger Salamander

(Ambystoma tigrinum)


Category: Amphibians



Tiger salamanders are type of mole salamander native to North America named for their beautiful coloration – usually a banded or spotty combination of yellow, green, and/or black. These large salamanders have voracious appetites and grow to nearly one foot long. They also love to burrow and live in burrows that are usually two feet below the surface.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Caudata
Family - Ambystomatidae
Genus - Ambystoma
Species - A. tigrinum

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