Fire-bellied newt

Cynops pyrrhogaster pyrrhogaster

Less than six inches long, this aquatic amphibian feeds on insects and other invertebrates in slow-moving or still waters. Named for the bright red-orange coloration on its belly, the fire-bellied newt is toxic to the touch, a defense mechanism against predators. In zoos, however, they seem to lose their toxicity.

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ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Ponds, stream pools and lakes
dietDiet: aquatic invertebrates