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Pond socks snare newt legs

Printed From: Reptiles and Amphibians of the UK
Category: Herpetofauna Native to the UK
Forum Name: Palmate Newt
Forum Description: Forum for all issues concerning Triturus helveticus
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Topic: Pond socks snare newt legs
Posted By: Shawit
Subject: Pond socks snare newt legs
Date Posted: 05 May 2011 at 11:12pm
Placed 'pond socks' in my pond 2 weeks ago as medium for my plants. Third palmate newt found today with it's leg shredded. I had suspected a disease/predator but upon trying to lift the newt for closer inspection, I found fibres from the pond sock were wrapped tightly around it's leg, and in effect, had shredded it. The pond socks look smooth but when you inspect them closely they present loose fibres that snare newt legs.
 
Do not put them in your pond!



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