Smooth Newt or Common Newt (masc.)
The Smooth Newt is the most common newt species throughout Europe. It belongs to the family of Newts or True salamanders. It is an amphibian with a distinct tail (belonging to the order Caudata) and its german name („Streifenmolch“) indicates that it has dark and bright lines at the sides of the head. This is more evident in males than in females, which are alltogether rather inconspicuously brown colored. The males carry large, roundish and dark points on the whole body - also on the bright orange ventral side, whereas the females show only small spots. During the mating season in spring, the sexual dimorphism is particularly pronounced.