Tiger Salamander : Great Lakes Aquarium
Tiger Salamander

Tiger Salamander

Exhibits: Uplands

Animal Groups: Amphibians

Latin Name: Ambystoma tigrinum

Tiger salamanders are carnivorous and feed on worms, snails, insects, frogs, newborn mice, and young snakes.


These salamanders are found throughout North America. They live in burrows near bodies of water.

Animal Size: 7 to 14 in (18 to 35 cm)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

These salamanders are capable of regenerating their tail, limbs, or gills if damaged.

During courtship, a male tiger salamander sometimes impersonates a female in order to sneak in and deposit his sperm on top of a rival male’s.