The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC), in conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL), is looking for sightings of the western tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium- formally the barred tiger salamander) and the small-mouth salamander (Ambystoma texanum). Abundance and population information for eastern Nebraska is largely unknown and records are needed to update the species status in the state. Depending on the location in Nebraska, western tiger salamanders can exhibit one of at least five or more color and patterns. This salamander has clearly defined, often yellow bars or blotches extending over the back and sides. Their ground color is mostly black or dark green or gray. The small-mouth salamander (Ambystoma texanum) is much smaller with a dark brownish gray color on top and light slate gray on bottom side with no pattern yet make have silver gray sparkles as a juvenile.
In the spring salamanders [March –April for small-mouth salamanders & April – May for western salamanders] can be found in permanent or semi-permanent bodies of water where they breed, lay their eggs and larvae develop. Fishless ponds are preferred and necessary for the species to persist in an area. Adults can be found in wooded areas, pastures, or uplands where they utilize logs, rocks, or animal burrows for cover. Adults can also be found crossing roads soon after evening rainfall in the spring. Additional information on these species can be found at can be found at http://snr.unl.edu/herpneb/salamander/salamanderidentificationkey.asp
NGPC and UNL are requesting sightings throughout the state to document its range and abundance.
In order to be considered a “verified” sighting a picture AND location must be documented.
Sightings can be reported through the website https://wildlife.unl.edu/report-sighting
or via email to
Alie Mayes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Ferrao at email@example.com