Barred tiger salamanders are difficult to observe because they frequently remain underground. They can be observed when they come above ground after heavy rains and move to breeding ponds. In the western part of the range, dry conditions may force salamanders to remain in ponds, where they retain the bushy gills of the larval form even though they become reproductive adults. Dipnetting small ponds in pastures or grasslands can reveal tiger salamanders.
(This profile was created by Dr. Laurie Vitt as part of a partnership between the Wildlife Department and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. It was funded as part of a larger State Wildlife Grant to survey and inventory amphibians and reptiles of the Wildlife Management Areas of Oklahoma: T-35-P-1.)