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Newt larvae

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Topic: Newt larvae
Posted By: janew
Subject: Newt larvae
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2003 at 1:06am
Well! It seems that we have newts in our "pond" as well as many many common frogs!

I spotted at least two larval newts this afternoon when I was froglet watching. How do I tell whether they are palmate or smooth newts, or is this impossible?

Also, will they be ok? I assume they travelled with the tadpoles/spawn when I rescued it, but the pond is only supposed to be temporary (a large paddling pool with a few rocks and loads of plants), while the froglets grow, then we were going to build a permanent pond later this year. I didn't know we'd got newts too!!

Help anyone???

Posted By: Mike
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2003 at 9:53am
Untill we got the grass growing to the edge of our pond I placed a weighted plank in the pond up to the edge so that the young frogs and newts had a way out. Once yo get the pond made and stabilised you will be amazed at what arrives.
Don't forget to somehow segregate or surround the pond from young children if you have any.


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