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Sighting by Robert Owen

Posted: Tuesday 3rd September 2013 by Sighting

This animal was seen at Stoke Brook between Froggatt and Curbar (SK 24285 75383) at about 20.30 at dusk. It was sluggish and did not significantly respond to my approach or light. The skin appeared glossy and covered in warts with a uniform black except for white spots on the lower flanks. The sighting occurred by chance during a relatively warm (by human standards) and humid evening. It was found in the middle of a small, gravelly path by a stream and thick undergrowth. The animal most resembles is a Greater Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) in a juvenile or immature form although I am not 100% certain. This example seemed in good health with no obvious problems with predators or parasites. It had disappeared under vegetation when I returned to the spot several minutes later.

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Comments

    This is indeed a young great crested newt. Many thanks for sending the sighting.

    Friday 6th September 2013
    by trustadmin

This is indeed a young great crested newt. Many thanks for sending the sighting.

Friday 6th September 2013
by trustadmin