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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)

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  Image of Tiger salamander (Ambystoma  tigrinum)
  Photo: Brad Glorioso
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  Range Map for Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
  Range map source: USGS National Amphibian Atlas, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Large, chubby salamander with a big, flat head ranging from 7 to 8.25 inches in length. Dorsum is dark brown to black with irregularly shaped and dispersed yellowish brown to olive spots. Breeds from winter to early spring in deeper water sources, such as fishless ponds. Hides in rodent and crawfish holes. Uncommonly found aboveground. Will eat anything it can swallow. Females lay eggs from September to December in clusters consisting of up to 100 eggs. Each egg is surrounded by three envelopes, and the clusters are covered in a gelatinous mass. Only three populations are known in Louisiana—two in Vernon Parish and one in St. Tammany Parish.

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