Ambystoma tigrinum

Gil was found in a swimming pool pump and arrived at the ONC in November 2009. He lives with two other Tiger Salamanders named Bonnie and Clyde. He is the old geezer of the three. He enjoys burrowing in the mud and eating worms and crickets. A favorite snack is a pinkie mouse.  

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

Fascinating Facts: 

The tiger salamander is a species of mole salamander and one of the largest terrestrial salamanders in North America. Tiger salamanders eat worms, snails, insects, and slugs in the wild. Captive salamanders feed on smaller salamanders, frogs, newborn mice, and baby snakes.



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