Palmate Newt

Lissotriton helveticus (Razoumovsky, 1789)

The UK's smallest newt, adults are brown and have a lightly spotted, pink-yellow underbelly. They are named after the palmate webbing that develops on the hind feet of males during the breeding season, along with a thin filament at the end of their tails.

Palmate Newt

Identification

The UK's smallest newt, adults are brown and have a lightly spotted, pink-yellow underbelly. They are named after the palmate webbing that develops on the hind feet of males during the breeding season, along with a thin filament at the end of their tails.

FAMILY

Salamandridae

LATIN NAME

Lissotriton helveticus

TYPE

Amphibians

Widespread, although absent from some Scottish Isles and Northern Ireland. They breed in ponds during the spring, and spend the rest of the year in woodland, hedgerows, marshes and grassland.

Farmland, Grassland, Wetlands, Woodland

Tadpoles and a variety of invertebrates.

They can be seen from spring to autumn, when they are most active at night. Palmate Newts hibernate underground in tree roots or beneath logs.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
LENGTH (CM)

7-9

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

Up to 10 years

iucn Status
lc

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