In spite of its name, the Alpine newt inhabits lowland as well as upland habits in continental Europe.
Adults are about the same size as the smooth newt, females growing a little larger, up to 11 cm. Breeding males can be predominantly blue. Females have a marbled pattern. Bellies are bright orange, without spots (although there may be black spots on the throat of some specimens).
Alpine newts have similar breeding habits to native newts.