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    Posted: 20 Feb 2012 at 10:25am

Recently reported to RAUK .......... but which species?

See photo at http://cromwellbottom.blogspot.com/

(You can click on the photo there to enlarge)

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Male smooth newt- none of the other species/sexes have large block spots like that.
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Re-editing this post so that it is clear what we are saying:
 
To get a better view, you can click on the picture and "open link"
 


Edited by sussexecology - 20 Feb 2012 at 6:19pm
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Without a doubt a male smooth newt ,distinctive belly and underside of tail ,
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Glad to see there are enthusiasts newt spotting this early,all I am doing is getting as pissed a as one.
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Originally posted by AGILIS AGILIS wrote:

Glad to see there are enthusiasts newt spotting this early,all I am doing is getting as pissed a as one.
 
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That goes for me too Agilis Big smile
 
Golden Newt is certainly worth a try.......LOL
 
Does that mean then that toads are moving too.
 
Well, you know what that means then don't you..
time to be out with our buckets on the roads
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Had a few toads on the move last Thursday
 
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Hi, regarding newt in the Kingfishers mouth at the Cromwell Bottom.blog are these poisonous to them if eaten.

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hi BB.
welcome to RAUK forum!

No. Kingfishers can eat GCN too. it was in a herp journal i read.

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I've heard Great Crested Grebes are fond of a Great Crested Newt or two (somewhat apt [or not] given the names). 

Almost all (if not all?) amphibians are poisonous to a degree and GCN particularly so (especially around the neck region). In Malcom Smith's 'British Reptiles and Amphibians' he refers to one of those fantastically Victorianesque experiments in which a cat was fed GCN; the result was much frothing at the mouth and nashing of teeth. I would think as a comestible the GCN would feature lowly as a snack compared to say a smooth newt, although certain (largely native aquatic?) predators must be immune to the effects (clearly not cats though!). I've tried tasting GCN poison and it is not pleasant, acrid/bitter and smells like poppy sap (don't ask me how i know that please) or raw peeled potatoes. Smooth newts do not smell and are clearly not warty (with poison/mucous glads) so i'd hypothesize it to be much more palatable. 

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