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is it a lizard or newt


 
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject: is it a lizard or newt Reply with quote

hi i have found these reptiles/amphibians near my pond they were hiding under a piece of timber in slightly damp conditions which leads me to believe they might be newts but on checking dereck mooneys compleat irish wildlife i am not so sure has anyone any idea what they are


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it matches the description of a smooth newt, which is the one native to ireland:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_Newt
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thanks i hadnt realised that they have different colours depending on the season, its nice to be able to identifiy them and even nicer to have them around
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newts are beautiful creatures.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya thats a Newt
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