Tiger salamanders in the wild

A tiger salamander! Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceTiger salamanders are small, but they have stripes just like real tigers. These salamanders live in deep burrows near rivers and streams. They can be found in eastern Mexico, southern Canada and most of the United States.

If you live in North America, you may have seen a tiger salamander. They are mostly dark brown, dark green or gray. Their stripes and spots are usually yellow or brown, but some tiger salamanders don’t have any markings.

Tiger salamanders are nocturnal, meaning they are active mainly at night. When it gets dark, tiger salamanders emerge from their burrows to hunt for food. They hunt prey like worms, insects and frogs.

The biggest tiger salamanders grow to about 14 inches long. Tiger salamanders can actually live a long time. Scientists have discovered that tiger salamanders can live 10 to 16 years in the wild.

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