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Tiger salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum

Tiger salamanders are Michigan’s largest terrestrial (land-living) salamander. They can be 7 to 13 inches in length. They have large heads, wide snouts and small eyes. The background color of these salamanders is normally dark brown, olive gray or black. The larvae (babies) look like miniature mudpuppies. To distinguish the two species, one must look at the back feet; tiger salamanders have five toes and mudpuppies have four.