Himalayan Newt

The Himalayan Newt (Tylotriton verrucosus) is one of about 14 species in the genus Tylotriton. It is known by a few other names including the Red Knobby Newt, Crocodile Salamander and Crocodile Newt.

 

 

HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION

It lives in South and Southeast Asia, it's preferrred habitat being moist forests near to pools, streams and other small bodies of water.

 

Himalayan Newt closeup

DESCRIPTION

The Himalayan newt is brownish-black in colour, but is more of an orange-brown on the face, limbs and tail. There are a series of 'knobbly' porous glands running along its sides. This species reaches about 8 inches in length (20cm) of which at least half of the length is the tail. The Himalayan Newt feeds on small insects and invertebrates.

 

Himalayan Newt closeup

OTHER NOTABLE INFORMATION

There are 3 colour forms of the Himalayan Newt ; the Shanjing-like variant (orange ridge similar to Tylotriton shanjing); the Light variant (slender and narrow, lighter hues. The largest variant); the Dark variant (more rounded with darker overall colouration).

 

STATUS

The Himalayan Newt is listed by IUCN as Least Concern.