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Kaiser's spotted newt

Neurergus kaiseri

The species lives in small streams in the Zargos mountains in Iran. There are about 10 000 grown newts left in the wild. The biggest threat is fragmentation of the populations, i.e. that the areas where they live are getting smaller and more isolated from each other.

In summer when the streams dry out the newts are known to aestivate, which means that they become inactive and stop feeding in response to warm temperatures.