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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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