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.
San Diego County, California, US
Large Adult found in a swimming pool by Mark Lehew
We ran into a few other cars cruising for Amphibs as well and they had just seen a tiger salamander hit on the road so we went to check it out and sure enough it had been hit multiple times, what a bummer we did not find any live ones but we had to get home with the kids. Still not a bad night.
Another of the live ones found that night.
Lifer, had heard and read about a population of these guys in Alpine area (released fish bait?) so I scouted out some locations online and drove around in the rain and sure enough they were out! Found 3 live and 3 more DOR, light rain and temp in low 60's, perfect conditions for them to be out. We searched the next night and saw none.
Adult female Barred Tiger Salamander found in a small pond, near (north of) the Guadalupe River, east of New Braunfels, TX
... On Christmas Eve no less. As I recall it was after some rains and we were having weather in the 45-60 degree range.
Crossing a very busy highway
11 Western Tiger Salamanders seined from a small pond at Philmont Scout Ranch
This record gleaned from field journals I kept between 1968 and 2002. The first 6500+ records I posted on iNat had photo documentation, but now I am posting these records which do not have photos just to provide the data point for the species and location as best as I can for the historical record. I will also add a number to represent the approximate number of individuals of this species I recorded on the given day if more than one.
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.