Tiger Salamander by Dick Cannings
Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance Tiger Salamander by Dick Cannings tigerSalamander

Just like the Spadefoot, this amphibian has adapted to a desert climate. Unlike other salamander families, tiger salamanders have stout bodies and limbs. They can be various colours and patterns ranging from patches of greenish olive, yellow or tan on a brown or black background. Adults have large round heads with a blunt mouth and very tiny eyes. They are nocturnal predators who eat insects, baby mice, snails and slugs. Tiger Salamanders look like tigers and hunt like tigers!


The tiger salamander breeds in permanent ponds, oxbows or lakes and sometimes in seasonal ponds. Larvae live in aquatic weeds under logs or in shallow water. The adults forage in sage and antelope-brush grasslands, open forests and riparian areas. They create burrows or use the burrows of other animals. Most of their adult life is spent underground.

Great Basin Spadefoot

Latin Name: Spea Intermontana
Federal Status: Threatened
Provincial Status: Blue Listed (vulnerable)