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Tiger Salamander (tadpole)

Ambystoma mavortium


Tadpole is about 3 inches long, and you can see the front legs forming just behind the head.


the tadpoles live in water, the adults on land


caught as part of a project to monitor tiger salamanders in this area

1 Species ID Suggestions

lmbrashear 6 years ago
Boreal chorus frog
Pseudacris maculata

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lmbrashear 6 years ago

In places where you have co-habitation of frogs and salamanders, it can be difficult to tell the larvae apart. One quick way to tell which is which is to look at the leg pairs. If just the back legs are present, you have a frog tadpole. If you have just the front legs, then you have a salamander larvae.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Hi there, this is not a salamander. Salamander larvae have external gills, which are very apparent. Here is the life cycle of a salamander for comparison,
This is a tadpole, which is the larvae of a frog.

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 17, 2014
Submitted on Aug 21, 2014

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