Emperor Spotted Newt

Emperor spotted newt

Neurergus kaiseri

At the Detroit Zoo

The emperor spotted newt is a shy and skittish creature that hides during the day and becomes more active after dusk. Unlike other amphibians, this hardy newt spends the majority of its time on land. It usually only enters the water to breed, during which time it becomes more bold and outgoing. It can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The smallest of their genus, emperor spotted newts have a distinctive, bold look that varies based on the individual. Their skin is a patchwork of black and white with a narrow, bright orange-red dorsal stripe. The bellies and legs of these amphibians are often whitish or orange-red and may also have black patches.

Fun Facts

  • In the wild, emperor spotted newts are found in a very limited area of Iran.

  • This particular newt species uses powerful pheromones for mating. The males will waft their pheromones towards the females with their tails in what looks like a dance. The females will then chase after the males as if playing tag.