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Giant Fire-Bellied Newt

Giant Fire-Bellied Newt (Paramesotriton hongkongensis)
Giant Fire-Bellied Newt
Paramesotriton hongkongensis
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Giant Fire-Bellied Newt, also called Hong Kong Warty Newt, is found and commonly imported from China, Hong Kong, and northern Vietnam. Its current conservation status is "Near Threatened (NT)". All tailed amphibians with legs belong to the order Caudata, a group popularly called salamanders, containing about 355 species. "Newt" is the common name given to certain species in the family Salamandridae that spend extended periods of time in water. Many newts undergo significant physical changes in the structure of the tail, back, and body glands during their aquatic breeding stage. In classification terms, all newts are salamanders, but not all salamanders are newts.






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