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.