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Is it normal for a tiger this small to morph?

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Hello. I caught a couple of salamander larvae and after two weeks this one morphed into an adult. Is this normal? Have I misidentified this specimen? I am from Iowa, and assumed it to be a tiger salamander. After researching some sites online I believe I have identified it correctly. Could an ammonia spike cause the larvae to morph prematurely?

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I don't think that is a tiger salamander. I think with a little detective work you could figure out what it is. Do a search on Iowa salamanders and see what popds up.
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My quick guess is Ambystoma laterale.
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Based on my location within the state (southern edge), my other guess is Ambystoma texanum (smallmouth salamander). How long can I expect to wait before some markings develop that will help in identification?

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