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  Newt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Newts are small, usually bright-coloured semiaquatic salamanders of North America, Europe and North Asia, distinguished from other salamanders by the lack of rib or costal grooves along the sides of the body.
The Taricha newts of western North America are particularly toxic; the Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) of the Pacific Northwest produces enough tetrodotoxin to kill an adult human foolish enough to swallow a newt.
The three species of Coastal newt are the Red Bellied Newt, the California Newt, and the Rough-skinned Newt, all of which belong to the genus Taricha.
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 Newts in Cornwall
There are three species of newts native to the UK, but of these only two are commonly found in Penwith, the smooth newt and the palmate newt.
At this point the young newt is a small copy of the adult and leaves the water.
Like the smooth newt there are differences between the sexes, but these are not so pronounced.
www.pznow.co.uk /wildlife/newts.html   (228 words)

 Newts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Smooth newts are usually seen in small pools or clay puddles, but the surrounding land is equally important.
The palmate newt is the smallest newt native to the U.K and, in its general appearance, it closely resembles the smooth newt, (Triturus vulgaris).
The disappearance of this newt is closely liked to the disappearance of ponds in our landscape, but also to the loss of good quality habitat for newts on land around ponds, which is so important for much of their life-cycle.
www.wildlifetrust.org.uk /durham/Reptiles/newts.html   (1917 words)

 Common or Smooth Newt (Triturus vulgaris)
The smooth newt is Warwickshire's most common newt and accounts for 20% of the total amphibian records for the county.
Smooth newt females have spotted throats, which are absent in Palmate newt females.
It is not uncommon for newt tadpoles to overwinter in ponds.
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 Triturus in the UK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The smooth newt is the most common and widespread of the three species, and can be found over much of the UK, and also in Ireland, where it is the only native newt.
Crested newt eggs are somewhat larger, (the embryo size is about 2.5 mm; those of smooth and palmate newts are about 1.5 mm in diameter) and are pale yellow or white, as opposed to the brownish colour of the other two species.
Adult males in breeding condition are relatively dissimilar- the smooth newt has a high wavy crest, and a body with large spots, while the palmate newt has a very small crest, and a filament on the end of the tail, which is lacking in the smooth newt.
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 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Smooth newt, common newt
Smooth newts can be found in a variety of habitats outside the breeding season, inhabiting deciduous woodland, wet heathland, bogs, marshes, gardens, parks and farmland.
When on land smooth newts tend to feed on insects, worms and slugs by projecting their tongues to catch prey.
All of the newt species found in the UK are members of the Triturus genus, and they are sometimes known as tritons.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/479.shtml   (620 words)

 Reptile and amphibian identification in the UK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Newts in the water have a smooth and slightly slimy skin (palmate and smooth newt), or a warty skin (crested newt).
Newts on land have a dry, velvety skin (palmate and smooth newt) or a warty skin (crested newt).
Female crested newts have a warty skin that is identical to that of the male.
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 Smooth Newt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) is the most common newt species of the Lissotriton genus.
There is a difference between the male and the female: the male is brown with spots, and the female is plain brown.
Newts have a tadpole stage- tadpoles look like adult newts, but have feathery gills on each side of their head.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Smooth_Newt   (164 words)

 Newt - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Newts are small, usually bright-coloured semiaquatic salamanders of North America, Europe and North Asia.
In North America, the Red-spotted Newt (Diemictylus viridescens) is one of the most abundant species.
Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predators.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Newt   (403 words)

 Palmate Newt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) is a species of newt found in parts of Great Britain, Western and Northern Europe.
Sometimes confused with the Smooth newt, the palmate does not have the spotted throat of the smooth newt, but both sexes have a yellow or pale orange belly that can show some spotting.
Males have webbed hind feet and a low, smooth crest along the back that continues into a slightly higher crest on the tail ending in a thread like tip during the breeding season of April - May. The crest and filament become less obvious and may disappear at other times when they become terrestrial.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Palmate_Newt   (407 words)

 Peatlands | Wildlife | Amphibians and reptiles | The Smooth Newt
The smooth newt is typically 80-110mm long, including its tail, and is often mistaken for a lizard.
In Northern Ireland the smooth newt is protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife Order, making it an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them.
The common newt is also listed on Schedule 7 of the Wildlife Order, which means they cannot be sold alive or dead at any time.
www.peatlandsni.gov.uk /wildlife/amphibians/smooth_newt.htm   (368 words)

 Herpetofauna of Kent
Smooth newts tend to have white throats with abundant large spots or blotches, palmate have pinkish translucent throats with very few or no spots.
Interestingly in Kent the distribution of the palmate newt is largely associated with ancient woodland, mirroring the historical extent of woodland across the county
The tail crest of the palmate newt ends abruptly whilst that of the smooth newt is tapering.
www.kentarg.org /herpetofauna_of_kent_amphibians.htm   (1371 words)

These newts can move great distances over land, up to 1000 metres away from a breeding pond, and they have been known to colonise a new pond 300 metres away from an existing pond in its first year.
The male Smooth Newt has a crest, but it is wavy, not jagged, and continues over the top of the tailbone.
The female Smooth Newt is very similar to the female Palmate Newt, usually having a brown body colouration with a light belly.
www.herefordhart.org /newts.htm   (907 words)

 Find out about wild newts - miniature dragons of the pond
We are lucky to have crested newts in our pond as they are a protected species, in the winter they shelter in an old dry stone wall and we manage the garden to help them survive.
There are three types of newt in Britain - the crested newt which Beth is talking about, the smooth or common newt (which is the type you have probably got) and the palmate newt.
To encourage newts to live in your garden, give them places to hide and put plants such as water forget-me-not and water speedwell in the pond for the females to lay their eggs on.
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 Smooth newt - Triturus vulgaris: More Information - ARKive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The smooth or common newt is Britain's most widespread newt (3).
This species is often confused with palmate newts; the presence of spots on the whitish throat provides a sure-fire way of distinguishing a smooth newt from a palmate newt (which never have spots on the throat), although these spots may be less obvious in females (5).
Smooth newts spend most of their lives on land; they overwinter under refuges such as logs or stones, and head for water bodies in spring in order to breed (5).
www.arkive.org /species/ARK/amphibians/Triturus_vulgaris/more_info.html   (761 words)

 Page 5 of 6. Frequently asked questions.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Male smooth newts have a distinct wavy crest all the way down the back and tail; this along with their colouration becomes more pronounced in the breeding season.
Palmate newts tend to be the more common species in the west of the country and on heathlands and boggy sites.
Unlike frogs and toads, newt larvae are entirely carnivorous (as are the adults), the front legs appear before the rear ones, and they have large, feathery gills.
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 Newt: Waterscape.com
Three types of newt make their home along our ponds, lakes and canals, but increasing urbanisation and loss of habitat have reduced the areas available for these ancient amphibians to live in and breed.
However, nocturnal newts remain in hiding under stones or logs during the day and are not often sighted.
Newts have a similar life cycle to frogs and toads, hibernating through the winter months and returning to breeding ponds in the spring.
www.waterscape.com /features/wildlife/newt.html   (409 words)

 FAQ on newt.com
The newt's body is long and slender, and its tail is flattened laterally (higher than wide).
Most young newts lead a completely terrestrial life, but when two to four years old they begin their annual or permanent return to the ponds.
Newts are also found in the Middle East, Iran, and large areas in China and adjacent regions.
www.newt.com /faq/newt-faq.html   (391 words)

 The Smooth Newt
The Smooth Newt is brown, the female being relatively plain whilst the male is spotty and develops a continuous wavy crest along its back in the breeding season.
Outside the breeding season newts come onto land and live in damp places; they are most frequently encountered underneath logs and debris at this phase in their annual cycle.
Newts found in these circumstances are sometimes confused with lizards but lizards are quick and active and have scaly rather than smooth skin.
www.herpconstrust.org.uk /animals/smooth_newt.htm   (333 words)

 Reptiles Magazine - Guildelines
This newt is moving from an aquatic lifestyle to a terrestrial lifestyle and it will soon resemble a scale-less lizard as the aquatic webs and fringes disappear and the skin appears to thicken.
The smooth newt is a widespread species that only avoids hill country and is found in the British Isles, being the only species to occur in Ireland but one of three indigenous species in England, Scotland and Wales.
Newts breed in the water but spend much of their lives on land when they adopt a shape that makes them resemble small scaleless lizards.
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 Pond Creation
Newts will select specific species of plants in preference to others; the most popular plants used by great crested newts are float-grass (Glyceria fluitans) and water forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides.
After hatching newt tadpoles are thought to feed on protozoa (single celled animals) whilst frog and toad tadpoles in their early stages of development show a greater preference for algae.
Newts are known to select holes by the bases of live and dead trees, light loamy soil, and rubble and rocks with plenty of voids.
www.herefordhart.org /pondcreation.htm   (3308 words)

 Smooth Newt - Triturus vulgaris
It is impossible to distinguish the eggs of the Smooth Newt from those of the Palmate Newt in the field.
The Smooth or Common Newt as it is also known, has the widest distribution of our native newts.
These newts are very likely to make use of garden ponds and will be most often seen during the aquatic stage, when they will rise to the surface of the pond to gulp air.
www.herpetofauna.co.uk /smooth_newt.htm   (431 words)

Smooth newts have a pattern of spots, larger in the male than the female, which are absent from the much rarer palmate newt.
The palmate newt is even rarer than the great crested newt, but as it is generally found in hilly areas it does not seem to be disappearing as fast.
The males have a much smaller crest than smooth newts, and the end of their tail is drawn out into a fine filament.
www.wildlifetrust.org.uk /urbanwt/wow/amphibians/amphibiansmainpage.htm   (812 words)

 Find out about wild newts - miniature dragons of the pond
COMING UP There are three types of newt in Britain - the crested newt, the smooth or common newt (which is the type you have probably got) and the palmate newt.
If the newts breed successfully you will be able to see the baby newts from the end of June onwards they will start to leave the pond from August onwards and find hiding places around your garden.
Newts live as much on land as in the water, they come to water to breed.
web.ukonline.co.uk /conker/pond-dip/newts.htm   (2571 words)

 Great Crested Newt or Warty Newt (Triturus cristatus)
The Great Crested newt is the least common amphibian in Warwickshire constituting 13% of the total amphibian records for the county.
After a short gap, a smooth crest then extends to the tip of the tail, contrasting with the continuous undulating crest of the male Smooth newt.
The courtship of Great Crested newts is not so frantic as the Smooth newt and the larger Crested newt eggs are also laid individually, carefully wrapped in the leaves of aquatic plants.
www.wartsoc.co.uk /tc.html   (454 words)

 Welcome to the Quercus Website - Newt survey
The smooth newt Triturus vulgaris is the only species of newt found in Ireland and is fully protected under the terms of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order, 1985.
Smooth newts are also listed on Appendix III on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.
The habitat of the smooth newt ranges from large lakes to densely weeded ditches, but they are most likely to be found in small to medium sized ponds.
www.qub.ac.uk /quercus/pages/newts.htm   (230 words)

 Newts to be found in British Gardens
Newts start to return to their ponds during February and March, although the main breeding period is in April and May. In all three species, there is an elaborate courtship ritual in which the male "dances" in front of the female, undulating his crest and showing off his fine colours.
Great Crested Newts are a threatened species and receive additional protection - it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure, possess or disturb the animals or to damage their habitat.
Male palmate newts are easy to identify, having a dark eye-stripe, a low, smooth crest and a short but obvious filament at the end of the tail.
www.marinebiology.co.uk /newts.htm   (1209 words)

The Smooth newt is the most common newt in The Netherlands.
The Warty newt is with its size of ± 14 cm.
The Palmate newt is easy to recognise by the webs between the toes of its backpaws.
home.wanadoo.nl /nicopeters/salamand.htm   (218 words)

Newts are amphibians (like frogs and salamanders), they hatch from eggs and begin their lives as larvae.
Species vary from the Smooth newt's sub species on the Italian Peninsula between 2.5 inches to 3.7 inches maximum to the Spanish Ribbed newt with subspecies in both Spain and Northern Africa which reaches an average length of 7 to 9 inches, but some may grow to 16 inches.
Newts are not lizards, they will slide up the side of a glass enclosure but they will not climb on plants.
www.suite101.com /print_article.cfm/amphibians_and_reptiles/43753   (1215 words)

 Smooth newt - Triturus vulgaris - ARKive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The smooth or common newt is Britain's most widespread newt.
This species is often confused with palmate newts; the presence of spots on the whitish throat provides a sure-fire way of distinguishing a smooth newt from a palmate newt (which never have spots on the throat), although these spots may be less obvious in females.
Smooth newt laying egg on underside of leaf
www.arkive.org /species/ARK/amphibians/Triturus_vulgaris   (200 words)

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