Monday, January 20, 2014

She's a Tiger!

One of the residents of the Fox Island County Park Nature Center is this female Eastern Tiger Salamander (Abystoma tigrinum tigrinum). The Tiger Salamander is found throughout Indiana and is one of the largest terrestrial salamanders found in North America. Eastern Tiger Salamanders are members of the Abystoma family of salamanders commonly referred to as "mole salamanders" due to their habit of burrowing underground. Indiana has more Abystoma species (8) than any other state. The Tiger Salamander is not found in the Appalachian Mountains but is the most widely distributed salamander in the United States.