Ambystoma tigrinum

Bonnie arrived with another salamander named Clyde in the summer of 2021. Both were very young. Bonnie and Clyde moved in with the older resident salamander Gil and live happily together eating crickets and worms while burrowing under the water dish in their home. 

  • Average Weight: 4.4 ounces 
  • Length: 6-8 inches 
  • Lifespan in Wild: 12-15 years 
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20-25 years 

  Fascinating Facts: 

Thick-bodied amphibians with short snouts, sturdy legs, and long tails, tigers are the largest land-dwelling salamander on Earth. Tiger salamanders have a poisonous tail gland, which produces a toxic milky secretion for self-defense. They will curl up head and tail to display this gland as a warning. They also have specialized foot pads for burrowing. 

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