Some spotting on underside but difficult to photograph as I was on my own when I accidently caught this.
No interactions present.
Could be a smooth or a palmate, I couldn't be 100% sure from this photo, although I'd favour palmate.
The more I look at this, the more it looks like a palmate newt. Particularly the photo in the hand where you can see mottling which is typical of palmates. There is also a faint dorsal stripe which is sometimes seen on adult female palmates, but pretty rare on smooth newts
Thanks for your help.
I had a good look for the line you mentioned in the post on the forum. Unfortunately I don't have enough experience of newts to be 100% certain of what I am seeing. I have put a few more pictures up in case it helps and hope I will get another oportunity to have a look.
The forum post actually only refers to juveniles, where a stripe down the back is a diagnostic feature.
However, sometimes adult female palmate newts do have a light-coloured line along the centre of their back (rarely in smooth newts). You can see this on the picture of the newt in the hand above. I wouldn't base an ID on this alone for an adult, but along with other characteristics it can help.
Saw a couple more in the pond today and both had the noticable line that ran fron the base of the head to the tip of the tail.Am therefore sticking with the Palmate id. I really enjoyed watching them, amazing little creatures. Not had so much fun in ages. I am certainly going to find out more about them.
Glad you're enjoying the newts! If you do manage to catch one again, this spot has good pictures of a palmate newt's throat and will help you identify them more certainly.
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