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As a Newt

Observed: 23rd March 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesjccurd’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Initially watching Pond Skaters cavorting on a shallow pool in the New Forest last week, I spotted a couple of these newt chappies lurking on the bottom. They were about 4cms long, I think.
A photo through water so pretty unclear and no underside showing, which I am led to believe distinguishes the species, thus I suspect precise identification will not be possible. We've got three to choose from. Ever hopeful. :)

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anonymous spotter's picture

I think it may be -

a smooth newt, but you're right that the throat is the best guide. Male palmates have a tail filament, but the ladies don't, as far as I remember.

jccurd's picture

Your knowledge ..

... exceeds mine, Roger. All I had were relatively basic drawings in an old Fitter & Fitter British Wildlife.


Masked Marvel's picture

Although the "critical

Although the "critical factors" for identifying male palmate newts are not clearly shown, this is easily identified as a palmate newt from the following.
1. the fine reticulations on the head, which are absent in smooth newts
2. the lack of spots on the back, a smooth newt would usually have black spots here
3. the low crest which appears as a line when viewed from above, in a smooth newt the wavy crest would be clearly visible
4. the two dorsolateral ridges which give a square appearance to the back, these are absent in smooth newts.

I think you can see the webbing on the hind feet too...