The Sword-tailed newt (Cynops ensicauda) is an endangered species found on the main islands of Okinawa an Amami. It is currently listed endangered on the IUCN red list of threatened species. This amphibian is decreasing in numbers due to deforestation and road kill.
- Scientific name: Cynops ensicauda
- Distribution: Okinawa and Anami Islands
- Habitat: Forests, wetlands and fresh water streams
- Diet: Amphibian eggs, tadpoles, snails, worms and insects
- Average size: 100-180mm
Sword tailed newt with stripes
They all have bright orange bellies, which serve as a warning sign to predators that they are poisonous. When threatened they produce a transparent skin toxin.
- Poisonous animals are toxic if you eat them or ingest their secretions. Irritations may occur after handling these newts if you have open wounds. Avoid rubbing your eyes or placing your hands in your mouth.
Photographed on a white field studio board for the Meet your neighbours global biodiversity project (MYN). All images are used for conservation awareness and educational purposes.
MYN technique – Sword tailed newt
Sword-tailed newt- Okinawa, Japan
The newt photographed in its natural habitat.
Sword-tailed newt in natural habitat
Sword tailed newt -Onna village
Sword tailed newt – Onna village
Sword tailed newt -yanbaru forest
An average looking sword-tailed newt with a blood sucking leech
Sword-tailed newt with leech
The Sword- tailed newt is often found crossing the road on rainy days in northern Okinawa. The government has designed specialized wildlife steps for animals that get trapped in road side drainage ditches. These steps allow the newts to crawl out safely.
Pay attention to crossing wildlife
Road kill- Sword tailed newt Sword tailed newt
Lets protect the wildlife of Okinawa!