Palmate newt

Latin name: Triturus helveticus

This medium-small newt (90mm) occurs at higher altitudes and on poorer soils than the great crested newt. The male palmate newt has several distinguishing features including dark webbing between the hind feet toes, a thread-like tail filament at the tail tip up to 7mm long and an unspotted throat.

The palmate newt has been recorded in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Swaledale and Ribblesdale. Historically there has been a shortage of trained surveyors covering the National Park however it is hoped that the work that National Park Authority staff and local volunteers are doing with the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) will increase our knowledge of palmate newt.

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