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Baby Smooth Newt
Comments(6) # Baby Smooth Newt london e17

"Enough with the Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees," I hear you say (apart from the Bobby Goldsboro fans amongst you, I assume), "What about the Amphibians. How are they getting on?" Well, as you can see, we have young newts, or newtlets as they may well be called in our allotment pond. These are of the Smooth or Common Newt, an adult male of which I'd just been proudly shown by a fellow allotmenteer's young daughter a few minutes earlier with the hope that it was a Great Crested Newt. This is a common error as the Male Smooth Newt gets a more orange belly and larger crest during the aquatic breeding season and hence looks quite a lot like a Great Crested Newt. The size is the obvious difference. The Smooth Newts are rarely above 3 or 4 inches long whereas the Great Crested Newt is the size of a bus! Well, over six inches anyway. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/125 sec
f 8
Flash: Fired