Facts about newts

Many animal lovers are looking for interesting facts about the common newt in the literature and the Internet. In this short article, we tried to collect such facts and provide them to you.

  • An ordinary newt can grow up to 11 cm. This depends on what kind of subspecies it belongs to, but despite this half of the length of its body, it always takes a tail.
  • During the breeding season, a huge crest appears on the back and tail of the male of the newt, serving as an instrument for attracting females, and the male itself acquires a vivid color.
  • Ordinary tritons are nocturnal.
  • The ordinary newt is very similar to its relative and the enemy of the combed newt, but it is possible to distinguish them just by the crest. In an ordinary newt the ridge is continuous and passes through the entire back and tail, while in the combed newt there is a division of the crest between the back and tail.
  • Due to the violation of ecology, contamination and destruction of water bodies, the common newt became an endangered species and is listed in the Red Book.
  • In spite of the fact that ordinary newts hibernate on land hiding under a layer of fallen leaves, in burrows of different animals or even having climbed into a man’s dwelling, not once did individuals come across that perfectly felt in ponds under a layer of ice.
  • Triton ordinary is a helper of man, as he hunts insects, such as mosquitoes, in the water for larvae, and destroys caterpillars and other harmful creatures on land.
  • When the female of the newt lays eggs, she wraps them in the leaves of aquatic plants, thereby saving from the damaging sunlight penetrating through the thickness of the water.
  • Tritons can survive not only with loss of tail and limbs, but in the absence of jaws, eyes, partial damage to the brain and spinal cord, heart and intestines, and all because they can grow even the most complex organs.
  • The life span of an ordinary triton is up to 37 years, which makes it a real long-liver among small and similar animals.
  • Its name is “Triton” received in honor of one of the sons, the mythical Greek god Poisedon.
  • Sometimes among ordinary newts there are individuals who, in the state of the larva, begin to evolve along a different path of evolution, they do not go out on land and do not lose gills, winter in the water, and start reproducing immediately after wintering, while normal individuals become sexually mature only at the 3rd year of their life .