Triturus cristatus

Common name: the Northern Crested Newt

Conservation status: Least Concerned

Distribution:Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Size: up to 160 mm

Description: upperside is black or brownish-black with dark spots and numerous white dots on body flanks; belly varies from yellow to orange with black blotches and throat is black; during the breeding season male has a crest that runs from the head to the base of the tail and then along the tail

Habitat: woodland habitats; the species breeds in stagnant unshaded water bodies with abundant underwater vegetation

Activity: nocturnal

Diet: various invertebrates

Reproduction: females lay about 200 eggs, which are deposited on leaves of aquatic plants

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