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Juvenile Palmate Newt

Observed: 1st July 2012 By: Flora Bunda
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Juvenile Palmate Newt
Description:

Lifted a slab in the garden, and found this little Palmate Newt approximately 3 to 4 cms long. Tan brown with a distinctive yellow line that runs down its spine. Thanks, Masked Marvel for help with identification.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) interacts

Comments

Alurophile's picture

Smooth Newt

This is a newt, a smooth newt, I think. They are always fooling people by being out of the water & quite dry! As has been mentioned, the lizards have tiny scales & move like rockets in comparison with newts.

Masked Marvel's picture

Smooth and palmate newt juveniles

This is a juvenile palmate newt as identified by the characteristics of the dorsal orange stripe. See this forum post for more information http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/173074

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Palmate Newt

Thanks for the explanation, Alurophile! He certainly fooled me! Masked marvel has identified him as a palmate newt not a smooth!
Mary

Flora Bunda's picture

Palmate Newt

Thanks, Masked Marvel for the identification! Much appreciated!
Mary

matt harris's picture

Smooth Newt

I would say smooth newt. The dorsal stripe begins on the head and fades before the tail, whereas in palmate newts in begins above the shoulders and continues well down the tail.

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After looking at the photo

After looking at the photo again I think you could be right Matt, although it is pretty well marked for a smooth newt.