Sunday, 9 June 2013

Great Crested Newt

The Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus)

I photographed these at a local nature reserve in a small pond. I have seen them before over the last few years. Last year this pond was full of water and the newts were there, although the previous year it was completely dry and I wonder how these newts actually survive.






16 comments:

  1. Not seen these for a few years Roy. Great shots of them.

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    1. Thanks Keith. I have only seen them in one place ever I think.

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  2. Hi Roy,
    I like Keith, have not seen any of these for a while, even living in a 'hotspot' like Peterborough! Nice to see some photos, let's hope that they stay specially protected!
    J
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    1. Thanks John. Yes hope so, just need to keep water in the pond where I found them.

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  3. Good photos here Roy:) Lovely to see them. I wonder if they prefer water in chalk/limestone areas, as up here they are found mostly in dew ponds in the White Peak, not in ponds in the Dark.

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    1. Thanks Sweff, yes the area is limestone.

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  4. WOW!
    Well done Roy!
    I haven't seen one in a long time!
    You've got 3 in one photo, that means males are still after females to breed!
    At least, contrary to other animal species, too much water will not harm them...
    Here it is awful so much rain, something unseen for decades...
    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, we are not as warm here as we should be and very dull weather indeed.

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  5. Hey Roy...Funny little fella's and a good caught!!
    I know the ones we have here lay there eggs in water, but are found out of water in moist places when grown !
    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. I haven't made a study of these yet and don't know much about them.
      I only know one place to find them.

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  6. What is particularly so to encounter. These salamanders Furthermore also be photographed in the water. Very well done!

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    1. Thanks Helma, I was lucky as they were close to the surface on a sunny day.

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  7. Great to see them thriving Roy. I think there are some in the village here but I only get common ones in my pond.

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    1. Yes I was surprised they came back after the year before last John. The pond was completed dry that year.

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    2. Sorry to tell you this but all bar perhaps the last photo are clearly smooth newts! The last photo may well be a female great crested though can't be sure.

      Will bowell

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    3. Thanks Will, glad you are keeping me on the straight and narrow.(:))

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