jccurd's picture

Smooth Newt, maybe?

Observed: 29th April 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesjccurd’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Smooth Newt, maybe?

We didn't see too many birds at the RSPB's Lodge at Sandy but we did see some of these newts in a small pond around one of their very pleasant walks.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) interacts


tal4482's picture

Male Palmate newts have

Male Palmate newts have obviously webbed back feet and lack the crest, so it looks like a male Smooth in breeding colours to me too.

jccurd's picture

Roger ...

Smooth Newts are not a uniform colour in the breeding season, they develop spots like this character. Great Cresteds are darker and more heavily built, albeit with spots. Check this out:

Smooth Newt

I still think this is a male Smooth Newt in his breeding finery.

Roger Gilbert's picture

I don't know ....

what to say except I have never seen one looking like this. Thanks for the correction.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve

jccurd's picture

No Problem

This is the learning process for everyone.

tal4482's picture

It can be tricky with such a

It can be tricky with such a fine specimen as above, but here are a few things: a male great crested has a silver flash through his tail, smooth males often have a orange/blue stripe with spots. The crest on a smooth male is continuous, whereas on a GC it is more jagged and there is often a small gap where the 'body' ends and the tail begins. The skin of a GC is rougher or 'warty'. Hope that helps.

the naturalist man's picture

Smooth newt

Excellent discussion and description, thanks tal4482.

Graham Banwell

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