Name: Palmate Newt
Scientific name: Triturus helveticus
Nature Stars: 40
About: Newts are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending most of the rest of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland, hedgerows and tussocky grassland. They hibernate underground, amongst tree roots and in old walls. Palmate Newts are more likely to be found in upland areas and in ponds on moorland or in woods than the other species.
How to identify: Our smallest newt, a little bit smaller than Smooth Newt. Peachy-yellow underneath with few spots on the belly and none on the throat.
Where: A very widespread species, found throughout the country except for the Scottish Islands, the Isle of Man the Isles of Scilly, Northern Ireland and most of the Channel Islands.
Fantastic fact: Palmate Newt is named after the big webs on the male's back feet, something the other newts don't have.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey