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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
EMPEROR NEWT
Tylototriton shanjing

Range:
China, Yunnan Province. The bright orange spots on this newt mark the location of poison glands beneath its skin. The animal can trigger the release of a toxic chemical by expanding its rib cage. This dissuades most potential predators.
Habitat: Small pools in cool woodlands and forests near slow-moving water.
Diet: Earthworms, centipedes, snails, and other small invertebrates.
Status: Near threatened.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: 4.5 to 6 inches.

Lifespan: Unknown.
Reproduction & Offspring:

The emperor newt mates in rice paddies and marshes during the rainy season. The male helps the female onto his back, and then deposits a sperm packet, which the female collects. She lays 50 to 100 eggs, which become attached to nearby vegetation.


 

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