Found during night driving Highway 60 after a thunderstorm with heavy rainfall.
Saw 18 at Indian Tank, 5 days after a light rain. First time observed salamanders at this site in 2014. This was the 7th visit to site since 8 March 2014.
Caught and released in a seine in Nightpipe perennial pond. Four others of similar size were caught and also released. Many smaller, still metamorphing larvae were found too.
Found under an object following rains at NM Department of Game & Fish headquarters, west of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Co., New Mexico, USA.
Used to be called A. tigrinum mavortium, now considered a full species (A. mavortium).
3 neotenes found in windmill fed pond
Crossing road in rainy weather
The conditions seemed right so I was hoping to find a tiger salamander and sure enough as soon as I parked by the pond I found this skinny little guy staring back at me. 2 years in a row finding live tigers at the same place, the population must be healthy.
The barred tiger salamander or western tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) is a species of mole salamander found from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, south through the western United States to Texas and northern Mexico.