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|This cute amphibian is a smooth newt - female. The newt was in my aquarium prepareing for mateing with the male which I'll show you in my next photo :)|
The Smooth Newt [Triturus vulgaris (Linnaeus, 1758) or Lissotriton vulgaris (García-París, Montori, and Herrero in 2004)] is the most common newt species of the Lissotriton genus. It is found throughout Europe except the far north and the Iberian peninsula. The smooth newt can grow up to 10 cm long. There is a difference between the male and the female: the male is brown with spots, and the female is plain brown. The male has a wavy crest along the back and tail, when in breeding condition. Newts have a tadpole stage- tadpoles look like adult newts, but have feathery gills on each side of their head.
Newts are protected in Europe. There are laws prohibiting the killing, destruction, and the selling of newts.
Camera: Nikon E8800
PS: my aquarium glass was scratched and I wasn't able to remove this scratches.
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