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Alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris


In spite of its name, the Alpine newt inhabits lowland as well as upland habits in continental Europe.

Alpine Newt - Mesotriton Alpestris - Female Alpine Newt - Mesotriton Alpestris - Male

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.