Stomach contents of a single adult Tiger salamander

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Several weeks ago I was on a post-rain nature hike with my family and we came across a large Tiger salamander. I have a fishing license so I collected it for the kids to observe.

I have fond memories of growing up in the Midwest, finding Tigers after heavy rains and raising them in tanks. They'd dig fairly elaborate tunnels in the deep dirt I provided, and when I was lucky, they'd tunnel right against the glass so I could see them.

Anyhow, the following morning the Tiger salamander we collected had regurgitated a voluminous number of prey items. I knew they could eat a tremendous amount, but this surprised even me.

So, I immediately thought of this forum and that you might enjoy seeing the stomach contents.



Best regards,

Sam
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Thanks for posting Sam, that's very interesting!
That was one hungry Tiger, I guess it was taking advantage of whatever crossed it's path after the hibernation and breeding season were over. The crab/crayfish claw is my favourite, it couldn't quite overpower the whole animal, so it ripped it's claw off and made do with that!
 

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Really cool, anyone able to identify or make guesses at those salamander species?
 

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This was very interesting and educational thanks a lot! That dude eats like a champ!
 

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THis is one cool post. And knowing you didn't have to kill the salamander to get at his stomach contents is even cooler.
 

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Very important observation which could inform the protection of vulnerable species.
 

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First unidentified looks like a small river fish, the second is beaked? possible hatchling of some sort? That's a Lot of salamander snacks. This guy was straight up voracious.
Very interesting, and super cool :)
 
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