So far, the Himalayan newt is not considered endangered, however it still faces various threats. In some parts of Myanmar, it is considered a jinx and is therefore killed. In other parts, the newt is used as fishing bait; in India, it is used in traditional medicine. Additionally, animals are captured for the international pet trade. However, the biggest threat is habitat destruction – caused by water pollution, forest clearance for settlements and roads, and by forest fires.
Age: up to 10 years
Sexually mature: when reaching a total length of 12-12 cm (approx. 1 year)
food: Insects, snails, worms
habitat: Wet forests, close to the water
Danger: not threatened
distribution: Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and peripheral areas of the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan