Tiger salamander

Ambystoma tigrinum

The tiger salamander is Michigan’s largest terrestrial (land-living) salamander. It can be 7 to 13 inches in length. It has a large head, wide snout and small eyes. The background color of this salamander 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.