Caudata

Field Guide to Maryland's Salamanders and Newts  (Order Caudata)


Eastern Tiger Salamander

Family: Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum)

Common Name:
Eastern Tiger Salamander

Scientific Name:
Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum

Adult photo of Eastern Tiger Salamander courtesy of Jim White
Adult photo of Eastern Tiger Salamander courtesy of Jim White


Size:
  • 7 - 8¼ in.
  • Record - 13 in.

Appearance:
  • Our largest terrestrial salamander.
  • Olive-yellow to brownish-yellow irregular bars (“tiger stripes”), blotches and spots on a dark-brown to black background. 
  • Prominent rounded-flattened head.

Habitat:

Habitat Photo of Eastern Tiger Salamander courtesy of Scott A. Smith
Habitat Photo for Eastern Tiger Salamander
courtesy of Scott A. Smith

  • Deciduous and mixed forests adjacent to vernal pools and “borrow pits”. 
  • Typically there are no fish present in breeding ponds.

How to Find:

Distribution in Maryland:
Maryland Distribution Map of Eastern Tiger Salamander