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As it was raining I decided to have a long session sorting pots and trays. OH keeps saying it needs totally clearing and all the unused pots throwing away. [He doesn’t understand bless him].

Anyhow, I lifted up some plastic pot trays and thought that’s an odd shaped leaf. As I bent down to move it I realised it was a newt.

I picked her up and moved her out of harms way and she decided to roll over and play dead for a good 15 mins before scuttling off.

I have yet to find them in the pond. I hope she eats slugs there are lots of little slugs just hatching at the moment.

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Ah, now that's cute! :)) you never know, she may also eat vine weevil grubs!

23 Apr, 2014

 

don't think she will but it would be great if she did. The bristles on them would get them stuck in her throat.

23 Apr, 2014

 

Yuck! Grossed out again now! Lol! ;)

23 Apr, 2014

 

Thats a clever one, she knew it would be safe in amongst your pots, they fascinate me when they, frogs and toads pretend they are dead, very clever when you think about it...
I would probably have jumped a mile at first and then ran for my camera, have lots of frogs and last year I found a huge toad in the woodpile, not spotted it this year but hoping its around somewhere, never seen any newts our side of town, we do have an enclosed area on the other side of town not allowed to be built upon because its been the habitat for the protected ones, cannot at this moment think of the name (senior moment) but I bet you know, lol...

23 Apr, 2014

 

Never seen one in my life. In Cyprus we have lizards which look exactly the same.

24 Apr, 2014

 

You lucky so and so! I love them, they are like baby dragons. What a beautiful tummy it has. I did find one a couple of years ago near the compost heap - must have come from next door's pond but goodness knows how it got over the concrete fence...

Lincs, you are thinking of the Great Crested. Our son does surveys of them!

24 Apr, 2014

 

Lol maybe it was a cat or dog in its previous life and just wanted you to tickle its tummy. Its a lot more obvious with that bright orange stripe. I wonder if that is to shout danger to predators. Do you have a way for it to get into the pond.

24 Apr, 2014

 

Hi, about 20 years ago, I was dismantling a dry stone wall, and found a family of lizards, and a family of mice, the lizards darted off, never to be seen again, the parents of the mice darted off, and I used a spade to decapitate the babies, I don't think the parents returned either, Derek.

24 Apr, 2014

 

Scotsgran,if you meant the one I found it must be able to get to the pond because that's where it came from but it must have gone quite a long way round to get here!

Does SBG have a pond?

24 Apr, 2014

 

Yes I have a raised pond. I found a small newt in the front garden last year and popped it in the pond. Whether this is the same one I don't know. It could find its way out if it needs to. The toad does regularly.

24 Apr, 2014

 

Thanks Stera, I was wracking my brain all last night...

24 Apr, 2014

 

Steragram Sbg posted a pic of her daughter cleaning out the pond. It is a big pond.

25 Apr, 2014

 

I'll have a look - must have seen it before but these days can forget anything...

25 Apr, 2014

 

me to so you are in good company :o)

25 Apr, 2014

 

Haven't seen a newt for years. It must have been a nice surprise for you.
Don't throw those pots and trays away. As soon as you do, you'll need them :) I've got a bunker full !

27 Apr, 2014

taz
Taz
 

the best way to know if you have newts is to go out with a torch at night and look in the pond, sound silly but its the best way to see them, as they are more active at night, and look for the young which look like tiny fish before they get the legs

28 Apr, 2014

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