In March we will have hopefully seen some common frogs and common toads but now that it is April, we will start to see more of our newt species. In Scotland you will be more likely to spot a palmate newt, this is because they like the acidity of Scottish waters. Adult palmate newts typically have no pigment under their chin, but do have a yellow underside. During breeding season, the males develop black webbing on their back feet and a filament at the tip of their tail. Palmate newts can often be seen in April and will be most active from late afternoon to midnight.
Another newt species you might spot is the smooth newt. This species is the UK’s most widespread and if you live in England, you are more likely to spot a smooth newt than a palmate newt. Adult smooth newts have a bright yellow or orange belly with black spots, and their skin is varying shades of grey or brown. In the breeding season males develop a wavy crest along their back which females will look at and judge when deciding who to mate with. The smooth newt will be seen moving towards the water in April during night-time and particularly after heavy rainfall. In April and May, the species will be at their highest in terms of numbers.
Remember to report your amphibian and reptile sightings (including eggs and spawn) on our free Dragonfinder app. You can download it here.