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Common Newt

Common newt is an amphibian belonging to the family Salamandridae found in most of Europe. Males and females are very much similar in appearance. There are seven subspecies of this species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Lissotriton
    Scientific Name Lissotriton vulgaris

    Other Names Smooth newt
    Size Around 10 cm
    Color Greenish-brown upper surface with whitish belly and cheeks with an orange streak on the belly; black spots on the body
    Distribution Much of Europe, western Asia
    Habitat Damp meadows, field edges, gardens, parks, woods and stone piles
    Diet Aquatic invertebrates, worms, snails, beetles, slugs, flies
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter in damp, sheltered areas above ground
    Predators Fish, snakes, birds
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 300 eggs
    Incubation Period 10 to 20 days
    Reproductive Age Around 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 6 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 23rd 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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