Wordless Wednesday – A Smooth Newt


Last week, deep in the grime at the bottom of our small pond, we spotted this male Smooth or Common Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). Result!

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – A Smooth Newt

  1. That’s a beauty. Yet to see any newts here.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    If you build it, they will come! 🙂

  3. shoreacres says:

    I wondered if there was a color difference between the young and the old. I’ve seen photos of the so-called red eft, and it’s pretty splashy. Yours seems more subdued. I found this about the eft/newt relationship, and it’s pretty interesting (thanks, Wiki!):

    “The Old English name of the animal was efte… resulting in Middle English eft. The initial “n” was added from the indefinite article “an” by the early 15th century. The form “newt” appears to have arisen as a dialectal variant of eft in Staffordshire, but entered Standard English by the Early Modern period (used by Shakespeare in Macbeth…

    The regular form eft, now only used for newly metamorphosed specimens, survived alongside newt, especially in composition, the larva being called “water-eft” and the mature form “land-eft” well into the 18th century, but the simplex “eft” as equivalent to “water-eft” has been in use since at least the 17th century.”

    • Yes the colours are a bit disappointing, but at least I can see a bit of that fiery glow where his tail bends. Part of the problem of course is that I don’t get to see him upside! Since we are changing the pool around soon I might need to catch him temporarily. Maybe we will see then …
      Thx for eft info. I had no idea!

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