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Spanish Ribbed Newt

Spanish ribbed newt is a species of newt occurring only in central and southern Iberian Peninsula and Morocco. It is the largest species of newt in Europe. The species is known for its sharp ribs which can puncture through the sides of the body.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Urodela
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Pleurodeles
    Scientific Name Pleurodeles waltl

    Other Names Iberian ribbed newt, sharp-ribbed newt
    Size Up to 30 cm (12 in)
    Color Dark gray upper surface with light gray underside; rust-colored small spots near the ribs area
    Distribution Spain, Portugal, Morocco
    Habitat Arid habitats, temporary and permanent ponds, canals, swamps, other stagnant or slow-moving water bodies
    Diet Insects, worms, tadpoles
    Predators Juveniles and eggs fall prey to fishes while adults are preyed upon by foxes, grass snakes, birds like heron
    Breeding Season Spring and fall
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 100 to 1000 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 13 days in captivity
    Metamorphosis Period 3-4.5 months
    Average Lifespan 19.5 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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

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