The Smooth Newt by Joan McCarthy

The Smooth Newt

The smooth newt is one of only three amphibians to be found in Ireland. It is also the only member of the order ‘Urodela’ or the tailed amphibians in the country. The two remaining Irish amphibians are from the order ‘Anura’ or tailless amphibians, the common frog      (Rana temporaria) and the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) (Becart el al., 2007). Ireland’s only native terrestrial reptile, the common lizard (Lacerta vivipara), is regularly confused with the smooth newt due to its similar size and body shape.  However, distinctive differences are apparent on inspection with the lizard having dry scaly skin whilst the newt has moist smooth skin. The full article can be read below:

 

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