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This is a discussion on Obese Tiger within the Tiger Salamander & Axolotl (Ambystoma tigrinum, A. mavortium spp, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I'm really not sure if I can say where this guy is from without getting "in trouble", but I took ...

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Old 3rd February 2008   #1 (permalink)
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I'm really not sure if I can say where this guy is from without getting "in trouble", but I took these pictures yesterday. Maybe this isn't the worst case I've seen, but I still cringed when I saw him.
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Other than being aquatic (which is bad), it looks normal to me.
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Hey Haley, take a look at the caresheet for Tiger salamanders. caudata.org/cc/species/Ambystoma/A_tigrinum.shtml
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so this tiger is in a pet store??
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Why would you get in trouble? From the frame around the tank, I'm guessing it's at a zoo or nature center of some kind. That's a seriously fat tiger, and sad to see it kept aquatic like that. But I know from working on exhibits... it's not easy to exhibit tiger sals in a terrestrial setup, they just stay hidden all the time.
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You really think it looks that fat? The first picture is more of an optical illusion, as the split between air and water makes the tiger look MUCH wider than it really is. If you look at the top-down view, you can see most of the costal ridges. If you look at the side view, you can see a gap between the water surface and the back of the tiger, behind the head. Again, the costal ridges are apparent, and look normal to me.
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I'm going to have to side with Kaysie here.
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Yeah, it's totally at the Albuquerque Zoo. And as for the optical illusion, there isn't one. It looks fine from the side, but it's about 3 and half inches wide. The other one isn't this big, though.
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