Appearance▲ Back to topDuring the mating season early in the year, the males exhibit dark blue colouring on their backs; their flanks are white-black-spotted stripe, below a sky blue stripe, and on the belly they're a bright orange. The females, in water camouflage, are mottled brown and have some weak spotting on the back. The biggest of the males can reach up to nine, and the females up to twelve centimeters in length. After the mating season, they return their original color of mottled brown.
Distribution▲ Back to topAlpine newts were originally confined to Central Europe and mountainous Southern Europe, as well as an isolated area on the northern Iberian Peninsula. The species was introduced to southern England in the 1930s and several populations have become established as far north as Sunderland.
Habitat▲ Back to topAlpine newts typically inhabit forests with good access to water in hilly to mountainous regions. They are mostly absent in forest-poor areas. They populate well in thick deciduous forests, as well as parkland and natural gardens. Outside the spawning season, Alpine newts live terrestrially. During the day it stays in all kinds of undergrowth, but during the mating season in cool water . After the adults come out of winter dormancy, they migrate to their spawning pools.
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