Geographical Range Southern China
Habitat Forests in mountain areas
Scientific Name Tylototriton shanjing
Conservation Status Near threatened

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

Did You Know?

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.