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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
Tylototriton shanjing

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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