Alpine Newt

Ichthyosaura alpestris

The Alpine Newt is a newt of the Salamander order Caudata in the class of Amphibians.
Underwater rascal A very lucky still of a landstaged alpine newt, floating frozen under water, its invisible hand gripping for balance. It is curious yet afraid. It will not be harmed by me, yet it is triggered for action.
After birth these newts are water creatures, light blue and very contrasting in their multicoloured jackets. Then evolution kicks in, the skin darkens, the yellow aspects fade, orange takes over. Still the same newt it looks like another species in the same lifetime: the landstage.  Alpine Newt,Canon  EF12mm II,Geotagged,Ichthyosaura alpestris,The Netherlands,macro,soligor 12mm

Appearance

During 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.
alpine newt  Alpine Newt,Geotagged,Germany,Ichthyosaura alpestris

Distribution

Alpine 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

Alpine 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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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAmphibia
OrderCaudata
FamilySalamandridae
GenusIchthyosaura
SpeciesI. alpestris
Photographed in
Germany
Netherlands