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Lizard or newt

Observed: 3rd October 2011 By: Danny the Pirate
lizard newt (1)
lizard newt (1) 1
lizard newt (1) 1 2
lizard newt (1) 1 2 3
lizard newt (1) 1 2 3 4
    Likely ID
    Small newt (Lissotriton sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Newt skulls

It looks like a newt rather than a lizard. If you remove some of the skin from the skull it should be possible to identify the species. With these small newts it can be easier to identify it from the skull than the live animal!

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I was surprised to see teeth

I was surprised to see teeth on a newt,they are so small and sharp. What it the thing to look for on the skull?

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skull bones

Two of the skull's bones, the frontal above the eye and the squamosal behind it are joined by a piece of bone (the frontal-squamosal arch) in the palmate newt, whereas this is incomplete in the smooth newt. This observation is of a smooth newt and you can see the incomplete arch as a small spike above the eye socket.