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Common Newt?

Observed: 25th May 2010 By: allison_reid99allison_reid99’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesallison_reid99’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Seen under plant tray in greenhouse (near pond). Flesh almost translucent amber colour. Probably about 5cm uncurled.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) interacts


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Young newts

The newt in the photo is probably a juvenile smooth newt, but in may cases with juvenile newts it is impossible to separate Smooth and Palmate newts because they don't have any markings of any sort underneath.

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Common newt

Hi there,

This is a common newt also known as a smooth newt. This looks like a female. I have seen two this year myself. If you would like any more information about this species just ask,


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Smooth or Palmate

Hi devilnin.

The problem with this particular observation is that the newt is a) too small to sex - looks to me like a first year juvenile and b) we can't see any of the critical bits like the underside that would allow us to make an accurate determination to species, even if the newt were old enough to have developed spots in the appropriate places on the underside.

In this instance we are stuck with saying "either a Smooth or Plamate juvenile, but certainly not a Great Crested Newt".

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