The tiger of the radish patch
Giant tiger salamanders prowl rivers and gardens for bugs
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 06:00 am
Big lizard-like creature with smooth skin and black, dark brown or green stripes. Sometimes yellow, sometimes green or brown – colour varies wildly across North America.
In your garden, along gravel roads, very, very rarely.
Occasionally confused with:
The long-toed salamander, which has a vivid yellow stripe along its back.
During courtship, males may impersonate females to sneak in and deposit their sperm packet atop a rival's. The female then picks up the impersonator's sperm, none the wiser.