The Paddletail Newt or Chinese Salamander ('''Pachyytriton labiatus) is a species of newt, sometimes sold as a household pet. They are found in China.


Paddletail Newts are characterized by a flat body and a long, paddle-like tail. They range from black to brown to pale brown. They have orange markings along the bottom of their body and may have some orange dots lining its back. Their skin is very smooth with a secretion of mucus and their limbs are relatively short. The morphology and size of this species are similar to if not larger than Pachytriton brevipes.

They use their sense of sight and smell to locate food. Since food is scarce for them in their natural environment they can go for weeks without eating, but should be fed regularly when kept in captivity. They can eat commercial amphibian and reptile food such as Reptomin and frozen bloodworms.

Paddletail longevity in the wild is currently unknown, but in captivity it usually ranges from 10-20 years.

Paddletail Newts have a unique trait to them. They are known for their chemical communication. They fan their tails when they are trying to attract the attention of another newt, when they are startled or frightened, or when approached by another Paddletail.

Paddletail Newts are sometimes confused with the Japanese Firebelly Newts and sold as such, but are much larger and more aggressive and will eat smaller Firebellies if given the opportunity.

They have a similar relation named the spotted paddle-tail newt.

In the UKEdit

Escaped during the pet trade