Other Amphibian of the Week

Laos Warty Newt (Laotriton laoensis)

Photo by Henk Wallays

Common Name: Laos Warty Newt
Scientific Name: Laotriton laoensis
Family: Salamandridae
Location: Laos
Size: 3.2 inches (83 mm)

The Laos Warty Newt lives in the northern mountains of Laos. They are found primarily in pools of the streams Houay Sang Kat and Houay Pa Tin. They are primarily aquatic but will move on land during and after heavy rains. It is also the only member of its genus – Laotriton.

The Laos Warty Newt breeds during the coldest part of the year from November to February. The eggs hide in the dead leaves on the bottom of the pools where the newts breed.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List categorizes the Laos Warty Newt as Endangered. Its populations have been decimated because of over-harvesting of individuals for the pet trade.

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