Great crested newt
Scientific name: Triturus cristatus
With its prominent, wavy crest, the Great Crested Newt, also known as the 'Warty newt', looks like a mini dinosaur! This protected species favours clean ponds during the breeding season.
StatisticsLength: up to 17cm
Average lifespan: 6-15 years
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Listed as a European Protected Species under Annex IV of the European Habitats Directive.
When to seeMarch to October
AboutNewts are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending most of the rest of the year feeding on invertebrates in woodland, hedgerows, marshes and tussocky grassland. They hibernate underground, among tree roots and in old walls. The UK's populations of the Great Crested Newt are internationally important.
How to identifyOur biggest newt, the Great Crested Newt is almost black in colour, with spotted flanks and a striking, orange belly. It has warty skin and males have a long, wavy crest along the body and tail during the breeding season.
In our area
Suffolk Wildlife Trust are helping to bring great crested newts back to Suffolk's ponds: