Gray Tiger Salamander

Ambystoma mavortium

Ambystoma mavortium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Ambystomatidae
Genus: Ambystoma
Species: A. mavortium
Binomial name
Ambystoma mavortium
Baird, 1850

Ambystoma mavortium, commonly known as the Barred Tiger Salamander, is a species of salamander found from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, south through the western United States to Texas and northern Mexico.


The tiger salamander is the largest land-dwelling salamander in the world. The barred tiger salamander typically grows from 6 - 8 1/2 inches. Overall, the body is dark brown to black with yellow bars and spots giving it the "tiger-stripe" look.


Primarily nocturnal, Barred Tiger Salamanders are opportunistic feeders, and will often eat anything they can catch, including various insects, slugs, and earthworms. They are primarily terrestrial as adults, but their juvenile larval stage is entirely aquatic, having external gills.


There are five recognized subspecies of A. mavortium:

In captivity

Tiger Salamanders are frequently kept in captivity. Adult Barred Tiger Salamanders are illegal to sell in most of the USA. Their large size allows for ease of feeding, and their hardy nature make them excellent captives. Their larval stage is often sold as fishing bait, marketed as mud puppies or water dogs.


The Barred Tiger Salamander is the State Amphibian of Kansas. The second grade class of 1993 of OK Elementary in Wichita, KS petitioned the governor and the initial idea for a state amphibian was presented to their teacher by Timothy Boyd and Kristofer Voorhees.


External links

Retrieved from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambystoma_mavortium