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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Check Out These Seriously Cool Great Crested Newt Facts

The great crested newt facts about a dark-colored warty skinned reptile

The great crested newt or the warty newt, or the northern crested newt, is native to Great Britain. It is the largest and rarest of the newt species and is found mostly in Britain. They have a dark-colored body, mostly dark brown or black. This newt species has rough skin, black spots, and heavy white stipplings over the flanks. Their stomach is bright orange with dark irregular black spots. The males develop a jagged crest on their back and crest along the tail and the females have a bulky body during the breeding season. The females are lengthier than males, and the female lays eggs on individual spots in aquatic habitats during the breeding season. The northern crested newt breeds in ponds during spring and in summer mostly lies on land under the sand. The great crested newt, Latin name is Triturus cristatus, is adapted from the Greek God Triton, Poseidon's son, and his tritons.

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Great Crested Newt Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a great crested newt?

The great crested newts are one of the species of newt. It is dark-colored, has rough skin, and is carnivorous. It is also known as the jagged crest or warty newt because of its bumpy skin.

What class of animal does a great crested newt belong to?

This newt species of the Salamandridae family is an amphibian.

How many great crested newts are there in the world?

The total number of the Triturus cristatus distributed across the world is not known, but the count is believed to be 75,000 in Britain.

Where does a great crested newt live?

This newt species is found in the woods, a farm, and wetlands.

What is a great crested newt's habitat?

The great crested newts prefer ponds and other water bodies for breeding during spring. During summer, they take shelter under rocks and submerge into the mud.

Who do great crested newts live with?

The great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) are solitary animals, except during mating, they usually live alone the rest of the year.

How long does a great crested newt live?

This great crested newt's lifespan is generally between 7-17 years. The great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) can regenerate limbs, eyes, spinal cord, heart, intestines, upper jaw, and lower jaw, but this ability of the newt reduces with age.

How do they reproduce?

The great crested newts reproduce during the spring, which is their breeding season. They breed in the ponds. The male great crested newt performs a dance-like body movement with their front legs as an act of courtship display. Once successful, the male great crested newt guides the female through a spermatophore, and the eggs are fertilized internally. The female lays around the eggs individually, folding them into leaves.

What is their conservation status?

This great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) population is endangered due to a lack of aquatic and land habitats in Great Britain and hence is protected under law in Britain.

Great Crested Newt Fun Facts

What do great crested newts look like?

The great crested newt, Triturus cristatus, looks like a crossbreed between a lizard and frog. Their crest is black or dark brown with warts. Their stomach is bright orange with irregular black blotches all over.

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How cute are they?

These Triturus cristatus are are not cute as they are unpleasant to look at and also are poisonous.

How do they communicate?

The exact means by which these species communicate is not known, but it is believed that although they are not very loud, the newts emit faint sounds of 'tic-tic-tic', click, squeaky sounds, and sometimes they also whistle like other newts.

How big is a great crested newt?

The British great crested newt is the largest amphibian in Britain and is twice as big as other newts.

How fast can a great crested newt move?

The great crested Triturus cristatus moves very slowly and can cover only 100 m in one night, so they do not migrate far.

How much does a great crested newt weigh?

In this newt species, the females are heavier than males, and the average weight is 0.013-0.022 lb.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for the male and female great crested species. The male and female are called great crested newt male and great crested newt female.

What would you call a baby great crested newt?

In general, a baby newt is called an eft. These great crested newt tadpoles have feathery gills around the head to distinguish them from frog tadpole and toad tadpole.

What do they eat?

The crested newt Triturus cristatus is carnivorous and feeds on earthworms, insects, woodlice, snails, tadpole, common frogs, and smaller newt larvae.

Are they poisonous?

The great crested newts secrete a poison called tetrodotoxin from their skin which is less toxic than the deadly Pacific Newt's poison that is sufficient to kill an adult human.

Would they make a good pet?

A great crested newt pet is poisonous, so it would not be safe to have them around as a house pet.

Did you know...

Here are fascinating facts about the great crested newt.

The great crested newt is nocturnal. They prey at night and embed in the sand during the day.

They have a lifespan of a maximum of 17 years.

The great crested newt young ones spread to other breeding sites after metamorphosis, and the adults move back to the same breeding sites each year.

In case of any danger, the great crested newts roll up and secrete a milky poisonous substance to protect themselves.

Why are great crested newts protected by law?

The great crested newt is endangered due to urban and agricultural development in the UK, which is the main reason for their habitat destruction. The United Kingdom has created the Great Crested Newt law to preserve its population.

In England and Wales, this newt species is protected under the Act of Schedule 2 of the Conservation of Habitat and Species Regulation 2010. The great crested newt, Scotland, is also protected under the Conservation Regulations Act 1994.

As per Great Crested Newt Mitigation Guidelines 2001 of English Nature, the Great Crested Newt survey period is limited from mid-March to mid-June as most of the newts are likely to be present in the ponds for breeding.

Why do great crested newt ponds need managing?

The species is endangered in Britain due to modern farming and agriculture methods. Hence necessary actions are needed to preserve the population. The ponds and other water bodies that are the main breeding grounds for the species are being protected from pollution under various laws. The Wildlife Trusts have associated with farmers and landowners to create living landscapes, to care for great crested newt. Britain has made it a strict offense to attack the species even as an act of self-defense.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other amphibians including pool frog, or caecilian.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Great Crested Flycatcher coloring pages.

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