Creepy Critters Week: Emperor Newts

Their name sounds innocent enough—newts. But don’t be fooled, each emperor newt that resides at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House has enough toxin in the orange nubs that dot its back to kill 7,000 mice. Those poison glands—advertised orange like biohazards—dissuade potential predators from taking a bite. The emperor newt is definitely more trick than treat.


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