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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?
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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.
Nice find. The currently accepted scientific name (of the three that have been used) is Ichthyosaura alpestris. Not the prettiest but there you go...
Lat/Lng: 55.9, -3.2
OS grid ref: NT2772