TheSmooth Newt, Triturus vulgarisis a species of Newt native to the UK.
The Smooth newt is one of the most abundant and widespread amphibians in the British Isles. They are more terrestial than other newts as they live in water as an adult for only the breeding season which starts in early march and can last until mid to late July. They can grow up to 11cm in length with their body being upto 6cm and their tail upto 5cm. The females can lay 200-500 eggs which she lays on plants in a pond and then folds the leaves over to protect the eggs. These eggs will then hatch in 2-3 weeks. Their diet consists of insects, worms and other invertebrates.
The newts which are not breeding (or it is not breeding season), are typically olive-brown with a black spoted throat. They will have darker spots and a black spotted orange belly. They are largely nocturnal and will hide under leaf litter. The breeding males will usually have a crest that can be up to 1cm high. They will also have distinguishable black face stripes. Newt larva are easily distinguishable from other pondlife due to their external gills. Smooth newt
☀During the breeding season, the male becomes darker than the female, and develops a tall, wavy, translucent crest along the spine and tail, with dark spots covering the rest of the body, including the belly, which becomes a far more vivid pink or orange colour than it is in winter and autumn. The female also develops spots, but not on the belly, which is paler than those of the males, and they are generally smaller. The female does not develop a crest. Smooth newts have paddle-like tails for increased swimming speeds.