Alpine Newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris

    Alternative names
    Mesotriton alpestris

    Adults measure 7 to 12 cm and are usually dark grey or blue-grey on the back and sides, with an orange belly and throat. Males are more conspicuously coloured than the females, especially during breeding season.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Good photographs showing both a dorsal view and a photograph of the underside are required.


    British population probably comes from domestic pets which have escaped into the wild. They are usually found close to water and can even be found living in stagnant water pools.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    It is listed under Schedule 9 (Wildlife & Countryside Act) & Other Alien/ Invasive Species.

    UK Status

    Widespread records ranging from the south coast of England to as far north as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    VC55 Status

    Only recently introduced to Leicestershire and Rutland, but already well established in the South and East of the city of Leicester.

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