Palmate newt

Juvenile palmate newt
Juvenile palmate newt

The palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus) is common in the UK but endangered in some other countries of the EU.

Adults spend the breeding season in water laying up to 300 eggs.  Larvae can metamorphose within 9 weeks or they can overwinter in water.   Adults hibernate under logs or stones.  They feed on invertebrates, plankton and tadpoles and can live up to 10 years.

This tiny juvenile (4 cm long) was in the top clearing which is 75 metres from the recently dug pond and half a mile from other water bodies.  Hope it knows where it is headed!

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