Salamanders and Newts of Ireland

Ireland is home to only one species of newts and no salamanders.

Common / Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris), photo by John Beniston

The lone newt on the island is the Smooth Newt. It is found throughout the island. They are found in woodlands, scrub lands, and long grass. Adults are terrestrial, only coming to water bodies to breed during breeding season from February to June. The Smooth Newt can be confused with the Common Lizard. The Smooth Newt has smooth skin (duh) while the Common Lizard has scaly skin.

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