Tiger Salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum

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Tiger salamanders' markings vary, but the most common marking resembles the striped pattern of a tiger, which is how they got their name. They are the largest land-dwelling salamander on Earth and are also the most wide-ranging salamander species in North America. 

They live in deep burrows near ponds, lakes, or streams. Like all amphibians, they cannot regulate their own body heat, so they depend on sunlight to become warm and active or need to find protection from the sun in burrows to cool down. Tiger salamanders usually dig their own burrows, unlike other salamander species that use burrows of other animals.


Insects, worms, and sometimes other salamanders.

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