LIGHT BROWN UNSPOTTED NEWT 50-55mmLONG
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I am not seeing anything in the pic to exclude Palmate Newt Lissotriton helveticus (the powers that be have decreed that we no longer use Triturus as the genus!). Indeed, I would have thought that the head would tend to indicate that species. What was it like underneath? If that was unspotted or only lightly spotted, it would be helveticus.
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I KNOW LITTLE ABOUT NEWTS OTHER THAN THAT I SEE THEM FREQUENLTY NEAR A DRY STONE WALLED FLOWER BED.
I I.D. THIS FROM THE BOOK "COMPETE IRISH WILDLIFE" BY PAUL STERRY.THIS INDCICATED THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY SPECIES IN IRELAND. IT APPEARED AT MY DOOR FOR 3-4 NIGHTS BUT I ALSO SAW A DARKER MORE SPOTTED ONE A FEW NIGHTS LATER.
UNDERNEATH WAS YELLOWY BROWN NO SPOTS PERHAPS THE FLASH MAKES THIS PALER LOOKING
I see what you mean - I had not recognised the place as Ireland!
It would be worth checking this out with an expert over there. Here in N Scotland until a few years ago the received wisdom was that we only had Palmate - until some undisputed Smooth turned up in various places!
Other than males in breeding dress, they can be very difficult to separate with confidence
The uniform orange/brown colour indicates this is a young newt. As such it is almost impossible to tell the species. You are right Foxy, only smooth newts have been found in Ireland. Palmate are good swimmers, but not so good as to swim across the Irish sea, not to mention the salinity.
However, there is always the possibility of transportation with aquatic plants for the pond trade....
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