Today I want to write about a very unique species of amphibian, the palmate newt.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They measure just 9 cm when fully grown, making them the smallest amphibian that is found in Britain.
- When they are in the water, palmate newts eat zooplankton, freshwater shrimp and hoglice. When they are on land, they use their sticky tongues to catch small insects and other invertebrates.
- At breeding time, the females lay between 100-300 eggs, wrapping each one in a leaf for protection. Baby newts are called efts.
- Whilst most newts and amphibians can only survive in freshwater, a 12 year old boy from Scotland discovered that palmate newts can also survive and breed in saltwater rock pools. They can also survive in much more acidic water than other newts.
- Palmate newts are found throughout western Europe. Although they are now quite rare in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal, they are common enough in other countries to not be considered endangered.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about palmate newts?