Lissotriton graecus

Common name: the Greek Smooth Newt

Conservation status: Least Concerned

Distribution: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro

Size: up to 100 mm

Description: upperside is olive green or pale brown with dark spots; dark longitudinal stripe passes along the eye; belly is orange and throat is pale, both with round dark spots; during the breeding season male has a crest that runs from the head to the end of the tail

Habitat: woodland habitats; the species breeds in still and slow moving shallow waters

Activity: nocturnal

Diet: various invertebrates

Reproduction: the clutch consists of about 60-300 eggs, which are deposited on leaves of aquatic plants

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