A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Sunday 15 May 2011

Palmate Newt

Recently we had noticed Newts in our pond and whilst clearing some leaves we found this one in the net & so put him on a plate to have a look. Only about 3" long this is a Palmate Newt which has a dark brown/green body & white underside marked with dark spots. There was a touch of red on the tail and our research shows this one to be a male as he has webbed feet (during the breeding season which is between February to May).
This type of Newt spends the breeding season in water and are active during the day, hence us seeing them swimming about in the pond. Otherwise they are active during rainy or humid nights. Palmate Newts lay single eggs on plant leaves which soon hatch into tiny tadpoles.

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