Andy Carden's picture


Observed: 24th October 2012 By: Andy Carden
  • a Newt track
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


Andy Carden's picture

Smooth newt tracks, perhaps?

Thanks for the newt suggestion. I had not considered that. Can any amphibian expert confirm it?

GrizzledBadger's picture

Surprised that there's no

Surprised that there's no trail from the tail. Newts walk, in grass, as they swim; with a wiggle.


Andy Carden's picture

Newt tracks?

I am still intrigued and unsure. I googled for images of newt tracks, and the photos that came up were these same ones, my own! Lifted by Google from iSpot. So that didn`t prove anything. Thanks for your help.

GrizzledBadger's picture

I am surpised that the

I am surpised that the amphibian experts haven't come back with any pics.


nightfly's picture

Looks like newt tracks ok,

Looks like newt tracks ok, maybe Masked Marvel (iSpot amphibian expert) will confirm. I had a look at newt feet in this ob. of mine here, front seems to be 4 toes and back 5?

Its newty looking alright, I thought rat at first but more newty I think:


nightfly's picture

Just had another look, I

Just had another look, I think I am seeing nail marks at the ends of the toes. If they are nail marks then this is probably a rodent?


BDeed's picture


Sorry i went straight to the other post of these pictures and missed this entire thread!

I don't think it is a newt as personally i would expect tail drag mark to be present, i would have thought the prints would also be much less defined than they are here, and though scale is difficult i think they should be closer together...

As Cathal suggests, nail marks appear to be present, the defined print suggests a small mammal (at least to me!) and the arrangement of toes (again for me) suggest Rat though the small fifth does appear to be lacking or at least hasn't left a mark in the sediment..

Of course i have no evidence to back any of this up!

DerekCrawley's picture

Agree small mammal

but not enough detail to get an actual identification