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California Tiger Salamander

California tiger salamander is a species of salamander native to California in the United States. The species is a mole salamander.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Lissamphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Ambystomatidae
    Genus Ambystoma
    Scientific Name Ambystoma californiense


    Size 7 to 8 in
    Weight Around 50 g
    Color Black with cream or yellow spots
    Distribution California (United States)
    Habitat Close to large, fishless vernal pools or other similar water bodies at an elevation up to 1000 m (3200 ft); travel from uplands to aquatic sites to breed
    Diet Earthworms, snails, insects, fish
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes estivation during the dry months
    Predators Frogs, snakes, skunks, ground squirrels
    Breeding Season After the first rains during late fall and early winter
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Females lay eggs singly or in groups of 2 to 4 eggs
    Incubation Period 10 to 14 days
    Reproductive Age 4 to 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 15  years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on March 17th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 11th March 2017.

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