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Emperor Newt Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Tylototriton shanjing
  • Class

    Amphibians
  • Order

    Caudata
  • Range

    Emperor newts reside in the mountains of western China, Burma, India, Thailand and Nepal.

  • Habitat

    They occupy small pools in cool woodlands and forests near slow-moving water.

  • Niche

    These newts prey on worms and insects such as crickets. Some animals prey on emperor newts, though poisonous glands dissuade most potential predators.

  • Life History

    Also known as the Mandarin salamander, the emperor newt mates in rice paddies and marshes during the rainy season. After collecting sperm from the male, the female will lay as many as 100 eggs, which attach to nearby vegetation until hatching.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Thick bones (particularly in the skull) serve as defense for the emperor newt.
    • Those orange nodes on the newt's back are venom glands, which produce toxin that is highly lethal to small animals.

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