Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
hi richard,please could you help me,,i have some newts in my pond [only about 3 i think],and im really sure they are palmate newts i keep looking at them and then checking on-line[pictures] and they have all the markings of palmates ie orange/yellowish spots on belly they are quite small, but they are defiently not smooth newts as they do not at all look like your pictures plus i went onto your link as well....
if they are palmate newts are theses quite rare [only someone said to me they are and that i would have to inform someone..BUT WHO do i inform???
im a bit worried as ive had a lot of work done in my garden the past few weeks and im a bit concerned that ive disturbed them!!!!!
they have been in my garden for a few years now but ive never has newt spawn,however this past few weeks i keep getting some kind of whiteish stuff/slime floating ontop of the water,but that i guess could just be snail stuff.[maybe].