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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

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live in the water until they grow legs and lungs and become toads. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there always has to be an exception to the rule: the male Suriname toad implants eggs into the female’s back, which sink into her skin and forms pockets where the eggs eventually hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles live on their mother’s back until transforming into toads, at which point they burrow out of her skin in a fascinating or horrifying (or both) display, depending on your perspective.

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