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March 18, 2011 | Number of The Day

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, there are fewer than 20 sites in New Jersey where tiger salamanders can be found. The amphibian’s habitat is mostly in vernal (temporary) ponds in southern parts of the state, primarily in Cape May County. Growing up to a foot long, the tiger salamander is New Jersey’s largest salamander. Named for the yellowish stripes running along the sides of its olive-green body, the tiger salamander is the first to emerge each year to mate, followed by peepers and chorus frogs. It is one of many amphibian species being affected by chytrids, a primitive fungus that is infecting most of the world’s 6,000 amphibian species.