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Palmate newt underneath

Observed: 28th March 2012 By: tanya Eyretanya Eyre’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilestanya Eyre’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Palmate newt
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Major Bombylius's picture

It looks like you are

It looks like you are handling the newt very gently, but someone told me that if you handle a newt with dry hands it can damage their skin. Does anyone know if this is true?

Masked Marvel's picture

It doesn't damage their skin

It doesn't damage their skin per se but can damage the mucous which covers it. It is always best to minimise handling of amphibians (it is sometimes necessary, especially when sexing these small newts) and always make sure your hands are wet when handling them.

tanya Eyre's picture

minimal handling it is

thanks- I didnt realise it could be damaging.
I will minimise handling.

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