Mandarin Newt

Adult mandarin newts, also known as emperor newts, grow to lengths of 8 inches from nose to tail, and they spend the daylight hours hidden in dark places. They live in forests in southern China.


  • Scientific Name: Tylototriton shanjing
  • Range: Central, western, and southern Yunnan, China
  • Status in the Wild: Threatened
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptiles & Amphibians Building
  • Cool Animal Fact: This species is threatened because of over collecting for traditional medicine.