This is the Great Crested Newt, also known ad The Worty Newt. It’s a salamander, found across Europe and parts of Asia. It’s a relatively large salamander, that grows up to 16 cm long. Its back and legs are dark grey-brown, covered with darker-coloured spots, making it appear almost black. The underside is a yellow- or orange-colour, and is covered in large, black blotches, where each pattern is unique in each individual.
A trademark of this species of newts is its large jagged crest that runs along its back, and a separate smoother-edged crest that runs above its tail. Only males carries this crest, that are particularly visible during mating season. Great crested newts are a protected and endangered species. Breeding is similar to that of other newts, where adults live on land, and breed in ponds and pools.
It is listed as Vulnerable in the northern parts of its distribution.
Fotos: Rasmus Sigvaldi