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Discussion in 'Salamanders & Newts' started by furryscaly, Mar 17, 2005.

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  1. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    My mice produced a surplus, so Tiger got a rare treat :) Tiger's a blotched tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum). I think I've had him about 13 years now.

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  2. Toadie78

    Toadie78 Elite Member

    lol thats cool he is neat lookin matt
     
  3. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    LOL.. I like that pic with his eyes closed! He seems to be really enjoying it! LOL 8)
     
  4. fuse

    fuse Elite Member

    Hey,

    beautiful salamander u have there,
    how i wish i could have one!!!

    anyway do you have pictures of its enlosure???

    cheers
     
  5. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    Great pics Matt, I love salamanders. Don't you just want to pinch their cheeks???
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Matt the coloration puzzles me. All the tiger salamanders I have seen have had bright yellow markings. Is this something that fades with age or what?
     
  7. steel rip

    steel rip Elite Member

    Great pictures Matt, never seen one of those before, just gorgeous, :D
     
  8. MalformedMessiah

    MalformedMessiah Elite Member

    That looks similar to the salamanders that run around Saskatchewan in the summer time
     
  9. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    It depends on the subspecies and whether or not they've just shed. After a fresh shed he's a bright olive green, with black webbing, making a blotched pattern, but that's cause he's Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum. The ones you've seen are probably eastern tiger salamanders. There are many subspecies all across the U.S. There's some dispute over whether all but the eastern should be moved to Ambystoma mavortium subspecies. I know that the california tiger salamander was somewhat recently given its own species, seperate from the rest of the tigers, but still in Ambystoma. Here are a few:

    A. t. tigrinum (eastern):
    http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/critter/amphibian/images/easternTiger.jpg

    A. t. melanstictum (blotched):
    http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/ndwild/pics/sal3.GIF

    A. t. diaboli (gray):
    http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/ndwild/pics/sal2.GIF

    A. t. mavortium (barred):
    http://www.petpet.ne.jp/zukan/amphibia/3.jpg

    A. t. nebulosum (arizona):
    http://www.cnah.org/images/herps/823.jpg
     
  10. Ace

    Ace Elite Member

    Cool

    It looks like slow motion when you scroll down the page!
     
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Just based on the markings, the ones I am used to seeing are marked somewhere between the A. t. tigrinum and the A. t. mavortium, more of a striped pattern but not quite as striped as the barred.
     
  12. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Its hard to say, as patterns can vary with individuals. Some easterns will have a more striped pattern than others, and some barred will have more spots than others. Both can be found in the pet trade too, but I think easterns are more common. Don't quote me on that though, I've never actually seen a tiger salamander in a pet shop before that wasn't caught locally.
     
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