Eastern Tiger Salamander

 

 
6"-13.5"long, one of the largest terrestrial salamanders.  Stoutly build with a broad head and small eyes.  Color and pattern extremely variable, but eastern tigers are typically black with yellow spots, which are often faded.  This species is found throughout much of North America, and inhabits a variety of forested, plain, and meadow areas, anywhere the ground is easily burrowed.  Typically found near breeding ponds, but can travel quite far away from these.  Migrates during early spring rains to breeding ponds where it mates and females lay eggs.  Usually metamorphic in the East but occasionally peadomorphs.  Voracious predators of anything they can fit into their mouths, including small mice and other amphibians.