Profiles various amphibian and reptile species in the province. The profiles describe the species and their homes, what they eat, where they live, how they are doing, and what?s being done to help them in B.C. Tiger Salamanders are large, powerful salamanders which can grow up to 15 to 25 centimetres in length. They are one of the largest land-dwelling salamanders in the world. In British Columbia, most Tiger Salamanders are golden yellow, or olive green in colour. Black or dark grey stripes or blotches cover their skin, sometimes making a tiger-like pattern. Tiger Salamanders are found throughout the U.S., south through Mexico and north into Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In B.C., they live in the Okanagan, Lower Similkameen and Boundary areas north to Summerland, west to Keremeos and east to near Christina Lake. Part of the ?mole salamander? family, Tiger Salamanders spend most of their time underground. Terrestrial adults are not often seen outside the breeding season, surfacing only at night or after rains. In summer, larvae and neotenes can be found in shallow lakes and ponds, trying their best to escape the hungry eyes of herons, fish and owls. During winter Tiger Salamanders escape the frost inside underground rodent burrows or rotten logs, while neotenic salamanders remain near the bottom of their ponds, below the ice.
Ministry of Environment. 2007. Tiger Salamander (salamander factsheet). Ministry of Environment. BC FrogwatchFactsheet