(Ambystoma tigrinum). Patient Number 22-1817.
Date of admission: October 11, 2022.
Reason for admission: Disturbed hibernation.
The tiger salamander is a species of mole salamander. Although most commonly referred to as a tiger salamander, their proper common name is the eastern tiger salamander, to differentiate it from closely related species. Tiger salamanders’ markings vary, but the most common marking resembles the striped pattern of the six remaining subspecies of mammalian tigers. Tiger salamanders are the largest land-dwelling salamanders on Earth. Averaging 6 to 8 inches (15.2 to 20.3 centimeters), they can grow to 14 inches (35 centimeters).
Tiger salamanders are the most wide-ranging salamander species in North America, living throughout the majority of the United States, southern Canada, and eastern Mexico. Adults are rarely seen, as these salamanders live in deep burrows, up to two feet (60 centimeters) below the surface. Tiger salamanders are almost entirely terrestrial as adults but are found living near ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams. They are good swimmers but usually only return to the water to breed.
Tiger salamanders are skilled predators, they emerge from their burrows at night to feed on a variety of insects and worms, however, they will occasionally take larger prey such as frogs.
This tiger salamander was rescued after his burrow was disturbed during a digging excavation. He will remain with us until the spring once his species once again emerges from hibernation. Thank you for supporting his care!