Emperor Newt

The Emperor Newt (Tylototriton shanjing), also known as the Mandarin Newt or Mandarin Salamander, is a species of newt native to southeast Asia. They are found in the high mountain province of Yunnan, China, between 1000 and 2500 feet above sea level. They inhabit pools and slow-moving streams in subtropical forests.

This species can grow up to 8 inches in length. It has a ridged orange head and a single orange ridge that runs along the back. This ridge is lined with two parallel rows of orange bumps. While the body is blackened, the tail and legs are entirely orange. The coloring hue may vary.

The Emperor Newt is mainly nocturnal. The orange warts along its back are poison glands and when grabbed the tips of the ribs will squeeze out poison from the glands. Emperor newts have enough toxin to kill approximately 7500 mice. Although poisonous, they are generally not aggressive and relatively safe to handle.

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