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Alpine newt

Observed: 11th June 2011 By: glenn01glenn01’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesglenn01’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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the naturalist man's picture

Alpine newt

This is an alpine newt, note the dark colour similar to a great-crested newt but smaller size. The marbling on the back indicates it is a female, the males are a relatively uniform dark blue.

If you looked at the belly you would see it is bright orange with no spots, though there may be some on the throat.

This will be an escape from someone's collection, I don't know of a colony in Edinburgh, anyone else heard of one?

Graham Banwell

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glenn01's picture

This one was found on the

This one was found on the outskirts of Holyrood Park sharing the area with common and plamate newts. We found three in total. I'm sure the lothian amphibian and reptile group could tell you a lot more.

Masked Marvel's picture

Nice find. The currently

Nice find. The currently accepted scientific name (of the three that have been used) is Ichthyosaura alpestris. Not the prettiest but there you go...