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Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus)

Tailed Amphibian-Smooth velvety skin

Dorsal surface and flanks, Females - yellowish to olive brown, with dark freckling.

Males - Olive brown, spotted and marbled with darker colours which may fuse to form two lines along the back

Ventral surface, uniform creamy yellow or orange occasionally some brown spotting on the belly.

The throat is pure white or pinkish and rarely spotted.

Dark stripe passing through the eye on either side of the head

Length: The smallest of our native newts, 7-11 cm, in some populations the adults only reach 6.5 cm.


Males are smaller than females and tend to have larger spots on the upper body, during the breeding season they develop a low, straight-edged crest on the back and a more developed crest on the tail. The male has a distinct filament at the end of the tail during this time and black "frills" on the hind feet. The females may have a very plump appearance in the aquatic stage due to un-deposited eggs.


The female deposits her eggs individually on aquatic plants, carefully wrapping each egg in a leaf. It is impossible to distinguish the eggs of the Palmate Newt from those of the Smooth Newt in the field. The adults remain in the pond until July, the young newts or "efts" leave the pond during August/September.

Text source RAUK http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/palmate_newt.asp