Posts Tagged ‘Smooth Newt

27
May
17

Meet Isaac

This is Isaac. He lives here at Falcon Cottage. Isaac is in fact a Smooth or Common Newt photographed here sitting on the edge of the pond. He’s new to the world at barely an inch long. Although the pond is only three years old newts were using it within the first year. That begs the question. How did they find it? Situated here on the top of a hill, amid a sea of cereal crops with no body of water within many hundred of metres did they just wander here in anticipation of finding a pond? In other words was it just random; or is something else at work? Can they sense the water? Who knows.

13
May
12

P*ssed (on) as a Newt

Thanks to  ARC (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) an entertaining few days in Peterborough last week was an attempt to learn a little more about newts; particularly about our protected species, Great crested Newts. After classroom tuition we had an evening laying traps in a Cambridgeshire pond and ‘torching’ to see newts scuttling about and carrying out their nocturnal display to one another. The traps were to be checked early the following day.

The morning arrived and it rained. No … I mean RAINED. It came down like welding rods. Traps were hastily emptied and I took a few photographs (under licence) of a Smooth and a Great crested Newt the one below showing the difference in skin texture between the two species.




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