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California Tiger Salamander
California's second largest salamander is a member of the Mole Salamander (Amybstomids) family. Despite their large size and conspicuous markings, most people will never seen one. They spend most of the year aestivating in underground burrows. When the winter rains begin to fall, these secretive salamanders use the cover of nightfall to migrate from their upland burrows to low lying vernal pools, where they'll mate, lay eggs, and return to their subterranean lairs. Tiger salamanders are a sensitive species and are threatened by habitat loss.