This species looks similar to the Mandarin newt. Despite living in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats, depending on temperature. During the spring, summer or autumn months these newts will often remain completely aquatic and will rarely, if ever, emerge from water.
Habitat destruction, introduction of exotic species, pet trade and use in traditional medicine.
To court the female, the male will perform a strange dance around her, while bending, pushing and curving its tail.