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

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

    Habitat

  • Deciduous and mixed forests adjacent to vernal pools and “borrow pits”. 

  • Typically there are no fish present in breeding ponds.

  • Maryland Distribution Map
    Maryland Distribution Map of Eastern Tiger Salamander

    Status

    This is a State Endangered species.  If you find any please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.

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