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Chinese Warty Newt

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Scientific name: Paramesotriton chinensis

The basics:
The Chinese Warty Newt (Paramesotriton chinensis) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family. It is found only in China, with a range extending from Chongqing to Hunan, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and Guangxi Provinces in Central China. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, rivers, and freshwater marshes. Although it is threatened by habitat loss, it is currently listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in the Least Concern (LC) category.

Appearance / health:
The dorsal color is uniform dark olive green or grey to dark brown, occasionally with darker patches on body and tail, and small orange dots irregularly scattered on the sides. In the breeding season, the male has a silver-white stripe along the tail and a swollen cloaca. Males are smaller than females.

Housing:
Large tanks are always best but 1-4 newts can live in a 20 gallon half land half water tank. Smaller thanks should not be used as it’s harder to achieve this as well as not giving them enough space. If housing more than 4 newts, the tank size must be increased.

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