Smooth Newt, Niút Sleamhain, Triturus vulgaris
The Smooth Newt is one of the Park's two amphibian species. Newts can be found in the wet areas of heath and bog within the Park. Well-vegetated ponds and stagnant ditches are their preferred breeding sites. Students on our bog ecology fieldtrips often discover Smooth Newts while pond dipping in the bog pools. Although they are very secretive creatures, newts have also been spotted on our bog walks and are easily identifiable by their brown to black colour and their tail that represents half of their body length. They can be confused with the Common Lizard but the Newt is smooth skinned and dosen't have scales like the lizard. Newts can live up to seven years of age.