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10 Great Crested Newt Facts

Published on 04/04/2019

1 - Individual Great Crested Newts can be identified by looking at their bellies, as the pattern of black spots they each sport is as individual as a fingerprint.

2 - Though it is called the great crested newt, only the males actually have crests.  The crests are most prominent during the mating season.

3 - Great Crested Newts can reach up to 17cm and are the largest and least common newt species in the UK.

4 - Great Crested Newts is one of four amphibians protected by the UK biodiversity action plan.  The other three are the Common Toad, the Natterjack Toad and the Pool Frog.

5 - After mating each female lays around 200 - 300 eggs, and wraps them inside the leaves of pond plants.

6 - The skin of a great crested newt contains glands that secrete a poisonous substance to deter predators.

7 - The Great Crested Newt is also known as the Northern Crested Newt and the Warty Newt.

8 - Juvenile Great Crested Newts are called ‘Efts’

9 - Great crested newts have been around for approximately 40 million years

10 - The Froglife website has a great guide showing how to identify great crested newts and has ‘The Great Crested Newt Conservation Handbook’ a comprehensive guide to habitat management, pond creation and restoration.