tiger salamander


: a large widely distributed North American salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum of the family Ambystomatidae) that is variably colored with contrasting blotches, spots, or bars

Examples of tiger salamander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virginia researchers work to track and learn about eastern kingsnake In Maryland, the Eastern tiger salamander has made a comeback after decades of efforts to bring them back. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 The 15 Ambystoma species found in central Mexico share a genetic heritage with the tiger salamander (A. tigrinum). Byrichard Stone, science.org, 9 May 2023 American eel, marbled salamander among ‘critters in crisis’ in D.C. region, experts say At roughly 9 inches long, Eastern tiger salamanders typically live near ponds in forested areas. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 The acreage also contains uncommon serpentine soils as well as habitat for imperiled western pond turtles, California tiger salamanders and Bay checkerspot butterflies. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2023 Severe and rapid erosion caused water habitats to disappear and, as a result, ponds created by ranchers for watering livestock are almost the only good breeding sites left for Sonoran tiger salamanders. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2023 Consequently, these toothy individuals exploit larger prey, among them other tiger salamander larvae. Bill Schutt, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 Similarly, tiger salamander larvae are more likely to eat the larvae of unrelated individuals. Bill Schutt, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 Before that, an emergency listing was granted for the California tiger salamander under the Bush administration in 2002. Scott Sonner, ajc, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiger salamander was in 1842

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“Tiger salamander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20salamander. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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