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Italian Crested Newt

Italian crested newt is a species of newt belonging to the family Salamandridae, found in Italy, south-central Europe and parts of the Balkans.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Triturus
    Scientific Name Triturus carnifex

    Size Up to 16 cm
    Color Dark brown upper surface with a pattern of black spots; orange belly with black spots; patterns of small white spots and dots on the face and throat; females often possess a orange stripe along the backbone
    Distribution Italy, south-central Europe, western Balkans
    Habitat Dry Mediterranean regions, beech woodlands, quarries, artificial water bodies like stony wells, tanks; breeding habitat includes still waters of temporary and permanent pools
    Diet Invertebrates, larval/juvenile amphibians
    Predators Aquatic larvae are preyed upon by fish while adults fall prey to birds, snakes, mammals like badgers and hedgehogs
    Breeding Season Early summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Average Lifespan Up to 11 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 22nd 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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