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Japanese Fire Belly Newt

Japanese fire belly newt is a largely aquatic, medium sized newt, belonging to the family Salamandridae, endemic to Japan. The skin of the wild individuals contain toxins.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Cynops
    Scientific Name Cynops pyrrhogaster

    Size 9–14 cm (3.5–5.5 in)
    Color Brown to black upper surface often with red spots; orange to crimson underside generally with dark pattern
    Distribution Japan
    Habitat Cool, clear waters of ponds, pools, ditches or lakes
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 200 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 20 days
    Metamorphosis Period 3 to 5 months
    Reproductive Age Around 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan Believed to live up to 25 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 26th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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