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Alpine Newt

Alpine newt is a species of newt found in Central and Southern Europe. There are ten recognized subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Suborder Salamandroidea
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Ichthyosaura
    Scientific Name Ichthyosaura alpestris

    Size Male: Up to 9 cm
    Female: Up to 12 cm
    Color Mottled brown; during the mating season, males display dark-blue coloring on the upper surface while the sides have black-white spotted stripes below sky-blue stripes and bright orange bellies
    Distribution Central and Southern Europe; United Kingdom (introduced)
    Habitat Thick deciduous forests with good availability of water in hilly to mountainous regions; also found in natural gardens and parkland
    Diet Insects, worms
    Predators Birds, snakes
    Breeding Season End of winter or beginning of summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 30 to 500 eggs
    Incubation Period 10 to 30 days
    Reproductive Age 3 to 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan 15 to 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 20th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 8th April 2020.

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