Smooth Newt (32)
|Smooth Newt or Common Newt - Lissotriton vulgaris |
This is the most common newt species of the Lissotriton genus of amphibians. L. vulgaris is found throughout Europe except the far north, areas of Southern France, and the Iberian peninsula.
Outside the breeding season, male and female Smooth Newts are hard to distinguish - both sexes are of similar size (roughly 10cm head to tail length), and a similar pale brown to yellow colouration. Their main visible differences are two - the male newt has a single black line running down the centre of the spine, the females have two parallel lines either side of the centre.
During the breeding season, one can easily distinguish the sexes - the male is far darker than the female, with a tall wavy and transparent crest along the spine and tail, with dark spots covering the rest of the body, including the stomach area, which is a far more vivid pink or orange than it is in winter and autumn. The female also develops spots, but not on the stomach area, which is paler than the males, and theirs are generally smaller. The female does not develop crests. Smooth Newts have a paddle-like tail for increased swimming speeds.
L. vulgaris is found throughout Europe except the far north, areas of Southern France, and the Iberian peninsula.
All species of newt are protected in Europe. There are laws prohibiting the killing, destruction, and the selling of newts. (Extract from Wikipedia)
Iíve posted a view of the female in the WORKSHOP. Both speciments were captured last summer in a pond in an old sand pit where there were several swimming about in the rather murky water. It was captured from a distance of about 1 Ĺ metres with the camera handheld.