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Emperor Newt

Emperor newt is a large newt native to China. The species is fully terrestrial except for the breeding season.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Tylototriton
    Scientific Name Tylototriton shanjing


    Other Names Mandarin newt, Mandarin salamander
    Size Up to 8 in (20 cm)
    Color A single orange ridge runs from the ridged orange head along the back; the ridge is lined with two parallel rows of orange bumps against a black background; legs and tail are fully orange
    Distribution China
    Habitat Slow-moving streams and pools in subtropical forests
    Diet Small invertebrates like crickets and worms
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Birds, water snakes
    Breeding Season End of April to August
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 80 to 240 eggs
    Incubation Period 15 to 40 days
    Metamorphosis Period Around 2 months
    Reproductive Age 3 to 4 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on March 21st 2017 by under Salamanders. Article was last reviewed on 14th March 2017.

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