Tiger Salamanders are less dependent on forested habitats like other members of its class. They live in woodlands, but also in more open habitats such as marshes, grasslands, farmlands, and suburbs. The primary requirement is access to permanent and semipermanent ponds for breeding, including farm ponds, gravel pits, floodings, and ornamental backyard ponds. Adult tiger salamanders live underground for most of the year and are quite capable of digging their own burrows. This burrowing habit allows them to escape the temperature extremes on the surface and may explain the wide habitat tolerances of the species.  Tiger salamanders share a habitat with snails, worms, insects, slugs, frogs, and smaller salamanders, crayfish, and other fish.

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