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Behavioral Ecology

Barred tiger salamander - Ambystoma mavortium


  • 6-8.5 inches total length
  • Spend most of the time underground as adults
  • Breed in temporary pools
  • Feed on anything that will fit in their mouth




 Interesting fact:
  • Similar to spadefoot toad tadpoles, tiger salamander larvae can be mild mannered algae feeders or cannibalistic carnivores.  Carnivorous individuals are able to grow faster and metamorphose earlier, an advantage when conditions in the pond are bad or very crowded.