Salamanders and Newts of North Dakota

Salamanders and Newts of North Dakota

North Dakota is home to only 3 different species of salamanders and no newts.

Ambystomatidae – Mole Salamander family

The Barred Tiger Salamander or Western Tiger Salamander is the largest salamander in the state, capable of reaching a foot long. It is found throughout the state. It has dark bars that run down its body that makes it identifiable.

Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)

The Eastern Tiger Salamander is found in the eastern part of the state. They vary in color from black to gray, can have spots or blotches but not really solid bars like the Barred Tiger Salamander.


The Mudpuppy is a completely aquatic species of salamander. They keep their gills throughout their life. They are found in permanent bodies of water along the eastern border of the state.

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