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Palmate Newt

By Newtman
With a user name like Newtman it seemed only logical that I should have at least one newt in my portfolio.

This is a palmate newt, the smallest of the three British species, and in this picture you can see all the key identification marks. The unspotted, pinkish coloured area around the chin identifies either sex as palmates, whilst the "palms" on the rear feet identify it as a male and also give the species its name. The filament at the end of the tail is also diagnostic of males of this species.

This one was photographed swimming in a tank at the University of Kent earlier this afternoon, before being released back into the wild.

Tags: Newt Amphibian Palmate newt Triturus helveticus Wildlife and nature

Voters: Tony_Baloni, KarenFB, geoffrey baker and 25 more

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 175 England
7 Jun 2007 9:05PM
A beautifully clear shot, never easy taking photos through glass!

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7 Jun 2007 10:04PM
Love the way you've captured this David, looks like he's floating, fine image, Adrian
Julian 15 76 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 11:11PM
Nice picture and good description. Thanks Newtman.
BertC Plus
13 29 Malta
8 Jun 2007 7:45AM
Lovely ! ..... seems to be on a free fall Wink
adderman 13 8 1
8 Jun 2007 3:03PM
Yep! I agree, a free falling newt.. I think we need to put a parachute on this one..! LOL!

allto 16 England
8 Jun 2007 10:09PM
Great to have identification points, have looked up my little one and yes a smooth newt.
Ceciliat 15 6 Philippines
9 Jun 2007 2:11AM
Great picture with very good colours.
Well presented.
Libby_M 13 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2007 11:44AM
what a fab shot
action or what this is great
Brilane 13 5 12 Wales
9 Jun 2007 3:10PM
Excellent picture. I remember, as a lad, fishing for these with a piece of meat, or a small worm, on a length of cotton.
IanA 16 3.0k 12 England
10 Jun 2007 8:06AM
Nicely done David.

Hop-A-Long 13 52 1 England
11 Jun 2007 1:06PM
Great shot. Lovely detail.
13 Jun 2007 10:38AM
Great capture,
didgpix 13
13 Jun 2007 7:03PM
Fantastic shot, beautifully clear.
pennyspike 16 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 12:02PM
So difficult to photograph and great to see all the identification details.
HUMIE 12 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 9:40AM
Such a good image given it's thru' glass. I've had ponds in several gardens I've owned and taken newts a bit for granted,having always been in those ponds. Your narrative has given me a better insight to them and as a result I'll spend more time appreciating them in my current garden...thanks.
Soom 14 1 England
22 Jun 2007 8:53PM
Well taken especially through glass. I love the way the markings appear to carry on through his eye.
wildlens 12 2 India
25 Apr 2008 11:30AM
excellent shot

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