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Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus
 
Identification: Large size. During the breeding season males have: a white stripe across the middle of the tail, an uneven crest on the back, a constriction at the base of the tail and a broken crest on the tail. Females have a yellow stripe along the bottom edge of the tail. Out of water this species is very dark or black with pale warts on the lower flanks.
Information: Distribution: widespread in England and Wales, scattered sites in Scotland.
Similar species: Smooth Newt, Palmate Newt.