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Italian crested newt
The Italian Crested Newt (Triturus carnifex) is a species of newt in the family Salamandridae. It is found in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. It has also been introduced to the UK. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, swamps, permanent and intermittent freshwater lakes and marshes, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, water storage areas, ponds, and open excavations. It is threatened by habitat loss.

IdentificationEdit

Tailed Amphibian, very similar in appearance to the native Great Crested Newt distinguishing features are; stockier, smoother skin, white stippling is often absent from flanks, belly more yellow with large round dark spots, browner in appearance.

Females very often have a yellow stripe along their back.

Adults up to 16 cm

UK DistributionEdit

Reported from Surrey and Birmingham.

StatusEdit

Exotic - The Italian Crested Newt has been deliberately introduced into the UK. It is able to hybridise with the native Great Crested Newt and is therefore cause for concern. If you suspect that a population contains non-native crested newts please seek specialist advice as this species should be removed from the wild.

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