Smooth Newt in the garden

A gently lifted flint boulder in the garden this evening revealed this sandy brown Smooth Newt. Mostly likely a female or immature male, she remained relatively still during exposure to our peering gaze.

Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris; formerly Triturus vulgaris

Outside of the breeding season they are nocturnal, taking refuge under stones, in burrows or compost heaps, emerging to feed on slugs and snails. They will soon be looking for hibernation sites, before emerging again in February and March to return to ponds for breeding.

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