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Alpine Newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris)

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photo by Richard Bartz

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Common Name: Alpine Newt
Scientific Name: Ichthyosaura alpestris
Family: Salamandridae
Location: Europe
Size: 4.7 inches or 12 cm

The Alpine Newt is found throughout central Europe and has been introduced to the United Kingdom, Spain, and New Zealand. There are ten sub-species of Alpine Newt that are officially recognized.

Like most newts and salamanders, the Alpine Newt adult lives on land and only comes back to bodies of water once a year during the breeding season to mate. There are some neotenic individuals that do not lose their larval features and remain aquatic throughout their life. Mating usually takes place right after winter when the snow melts.

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photo by Anevrisme
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