Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Eastern tiger salamander

At the Detroit Zoo
Eastern tiger salamanders can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The Eastern tiger salamander is black and yellow with brown spots. It is a unique-looking amphibian with its depressed head, protruding eyes and feathery gilled cheeks. While its body is darker in color, its tiny toes are pink at the tips. It has no teeth or ear glands. The tiger salamander has a large tongue which aids in swallowing large prey.


Scientific name: Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum
Continent: North America
Habitat: Arid climates, grasslands and shallow ponds
Size: 6 - 12 inches long
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Diet: Worms, insects, frogs and other salamanders
Lifespan: 10 to 16 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Reproduction: A clutch of eggs is laid and will hatch after approximately four weeks.


The Eastern tiger salamander can stay in a neotenic or juvenile state its entire life.