Great crested newt
StatisticsLength: up to 17cm
Average lifespan: 6-15 years
When to seeMarch to October
AboutNewts are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending most of the rest of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland, hedgerows, marshes and tussocky grassland. They hibernate underground, among tree roots and in old walls. The UK's populations of the great crested newt are internationally important.
How to identifyOur biggest newt, the great crested newt is almost black in colour, with spotted flanks and a striking, orange belly. It has warty skin and males have a long, wavy crest along the body and tail during the breeding season.
In our area
Newts are found across the county. Prolific populations were found a couple of years ago at the old canal at Telford Way, Shrewsbury, which runs parallel to Sundorne Road.
They can also be seen in garden ponds, shallow lakes and disused canals. A good place to spot them in Telford is in the old canal basin in Granville Country Park...look for the bubbles rising to the surface as an indicator of newt activity!