Newts

A male palmate newt

A male palmate newt

It’s a shame that a love of newts is so often ridiculed.

They are wonderful little creatures.

Something wriggling in your net, and there it is emerging from the gloop – a newt.

This is one of the New Forest’s palmate newts – even in this picture (which will win no prizes) you can see the animals two most distinctive features: the webbed, black, back feet, and the thin filament at the end of the tail.

Palmates are especially found in acid and sandy places: no-one really knows why.

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