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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

50. The Palmated Newt
(Triturus helyeticus)

50. The Palmated Newt

We have three newts in the British Isles, the great crested newt, the common newt and the palmated newt which owes its name to the webbing between the toes of its hind feet, a characteristic that distinguishes it from the two first-mentioned species. This webbing is shown in our picture. All three species breed in water and their young begin life as tadpoles similar to those of the frog. After breeding in the spring the newts come ashore and in winter hide in some convenient nook to hibernate until spring returns.