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Barred Tiger Salamander

Barred tiger salamander is a species of salamander occurring in Canada, United States and Mexico. It belongs to the group of mole salamanders. The species is mainly nocturnal and terrestrial. There are six recognized subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Ambystomatidae
    Genus Ambystoma
    Scientific Name Ambystoma mavortium

    Other Names Western tiger salamander
    Size 15 to 30.5 cm (5.9 to 12 in)
    Color Gray, dark brown or black upper surface with muddy yellow spots and bars; underside varies from light to dark
    Distribution Southwestern Canada, western United States, northern Mexico
    Habitat Lowland deciduous forests, coniferous forests, open fields and rough ground, grasslands, woodlands, upland meadows, semi-deserts and deserts
    Diet Fish, tadpoles, grasshoppers, flies, cricket nymphs, beetles, earthworms
    Predators Birds, snakes, fish
    Breeding Season Throughout the year
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 200 to 2,000 eggs
    Incubation Period 14-50 days
    Metamorphosis Period 2 months or more
    Average Lifespan 12 to 15 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 8th 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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