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Could my female shanjing have eggs?

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Crocodile Newts (Tylototriton & Echinotriton)... Two popular genera of Asian newts, the crocodile newts are diverse of habit, habitat, and appearance. The Mandarin or Emperor Newt, Tylototriton shanjing, is highly sought after.

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Old 20th March 2009   #1 (permalink)
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I have a female T. Shanjing, and she will occassionally show some "pudge"(like, once a year), and I was wondering if it is at all possible for a female to generate sterile eggs, and resorb them? I've never really offered a lot of water or aquatic plants(obviously) to her, so I never was able to see what would happen. I am hesitant as she just doesn't like to be wet period. Well...She does like to be misted at night, and she drinks by lowering her head and slightly opening her mouth. It's cool to see!

By the way, she is a "solo" inhabitant...not a male in sight!

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I have a female T. Shanjing, and she will occassionally show some "pudge"(like, once a year), and I was wondering if it is at all possible for a female to generate sterile eggs
Not sterile, infertile, and yes is the answer to the question. However it's a large step from carrying eggs to being receptive to breeding.
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She has no male to take advantage of her condition anyway, but thank you for the response. I was hoping that she didn't have a problem or anything.
On a side note, Why was the spermatophore deposited on land in the pic of the month?
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On a side note, Why was the spermatophore deposited on land in the pic of the month?
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Tylototriton shanjing have been recorded mating on land several times.
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Does the female choose an aquatic site to deposit eggs later?In any event, it was a great pic, and very interesting! Thanks John!

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They lay the egs on the landsite near the water.
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They lay the egs on the landsite near the water.
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They lay in water too.
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They lay in water too.

Sorry, got the intention that the questin was,of they need water for it.
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