Chinese Warty Newt

Chinese Warty Newt

The Chinese Warty Newt is a member of the salamander group and is endemic to China. They are thus named because of their rough and choppy toad-like skin that reminds of warts.

Scientific Name Paramesotritonchinensis

Classification – Paramesotriton

Gender Names – Male – boar; Female – sow; Baby – eft

Collective Noun – Herd, congress

Length/Size – 3.5 to 6 inches (9 to 15 cm)

Life Expectancy – More than 5 years;around 10 in captivity

Special Features  The males are somewhat shorter than the females

Geographical Distribution – In different parts of Central China including Zhejiang, Guangxi, Fujian, Chongqing, Anhui, Guangdong, and Hunan

Natural Habitat – Like marshy or moist areas of the tropical and subtropical lowlands and forests

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Diet – White and black worms, daphnia, shrimps, algae, tadpoles and small invertebrates

Predators – Larger birds and fishes, snakes and cats