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Mandarin Newt

(Tylototriton shanjing)


Category: Amphibians



This uniquely beautiful amphibian is also known as the emperor newt. Their bright orange glands, arranged in two parallel rows against the dark background of their dorsal surface, warn of their extremely toxic secretions – the poison from one newt’s glands can kill around 7,500 mice! Nonetheless, they are generally safe to handle – as long such handling is done carefully and gently. They inhabit pools and slow-moving streams high in the mountains of the Chinese province of Yunnan.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Caudata
Family - Salamandridae
Genus - Tylototriton
Species - T. shanjing

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Interesting Animal Facts

Swiss Army Skin

Amphibian skin is not covered in hair, feathers, or scales. It is thin and permeable, which allows them to actually breathe and drink through their skin! Their skin is not watertight, but they have mucous glands that produce secretions to help keep them from drying out Their skin also serves as a handy defense mechanism: nearly all amphibians have poison glands that make their skin toxic - and on top of that, it can even serve as a tasty treat after they shed it (yes, many amphibians eat their own sloughed off skin)!

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