Small, wriggly and slippy.
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I know these as smooth newts, but thats why we have scientific names, a creature can have many common names but only one scientific name. However, in this case the scientific name has recently changed from Triturus vulgaris to Lissotriton vulgaris.
There are two newts this could be, smooth or palmate. If it was a breeding male then identification would be easy, the smooth newt would have a large crest and the palmate male would have webbed rear feet.
Unfortunately, your newt is not a breeding male, this can make identification much harder. Palmate newts tend not to have much, if any, spots on their belly. Also they never have spots on their throat. Your newt is very spotty on the belly and appears to have spots on its throat, therefore I am confident it is a smooth newt.
Male smooth newts have larger spots on the underside and distinctive spots on the upperside. Your newt has small spots on the underside but spots on the upperside as well.
From this I would go for this being a juvenile/non-breeding male smooth newt.
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Yes, far too spotty for a palmate newt.
Looks like a female to me...
I'm willing to concede to this being a female, why do you think it is so?
The main factor for me is the size of the spots on the belly and the intensity of the orange, not always reliable I know (particularly out of the breeding season), but the general shape of the body looks female. Also, given the date of the sighting I would expect a male to be fully crested up.
I have seen some spotty females before although this is usually more common in palmates. I also saw a newt at Skipwith in Yorkshire this year which looked halfway between a male and a female, so you never know...
I hadn't noticed the date, good point.
Lat/Lng: 53.421676624218, -2.2669338584274
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Small dipping pond off the main lake