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Italian crested newt

Triturus carnifex


Another beautiful newt! This is the largest newt species in Europe and grows up to 8 cm. Silver white stripe on the tail of a male has an important signaling role in mating, which takes place in the dark. The female must touch the tail of a male during the mating dance. Only then the male will deposit a spermatophore (a small packet of sperm) which will be picked up by female cloaca where fertilization occurs.


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1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Nice information - looks like you got a shot while it was jumping!

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Spotted on Apr 30, 2013
Submitted on Feb 28, 2015

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