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Introduced or alien species
Alien species that present a threat to wildlife
Italian Crested Newt - Triturus carnifex - Alien
Very similar in appearance to the native Great Crested Newt distinguishing features are; stockier, smoother skin, white stippling is often absent from flanks, belly more yellow with large round dark spots, browner in appearance.
Females very often have a yellow stripe along their back.
Adults up to 16 cm
Reported from Surrey and Birmingham.
Exotic - The Italian Crested Newt has been deliberately introduced into the UK. It is able to hybridise with the native Great Crested Newt and is therefore cause for concern. If you suspect that a population contains non-native crested newts please seek specialist advice as this species should be removed from the wild.
© Paolo Mazzei
Adult Male Italian Crested Newt
© Paolo Mazzei
Adult Female Italian Crested Newt
Release of exotic species into the wild is a criminal offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
This includes introduction of exotic or alien species that may already have become established.
The interpretation of "wild" in the act includes private gardens from which escape is possible.
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