Alpine Newt

Alpine Newt

Scientific Name – Ichthyosaura alpestris

Classification – Salamandridae

Baby Name – Eft

Collective Noun – There is no collective noun for newts, but it can be called a band

Average Length – Male: Up to 9 cm; Female: Up to 12 cm

Life Expectancy – 15-20 years

Breeding Season – End of winter or beginning of summer

Incubation Period – 13 to 30 days

Special Features – Males display dark-blue coloring on their backs during the mating season

Family Unit – Solitary creature except during courtship and mating

Geographical Distribution – Europe

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Thick deciduous forests with good access to water in mountainous to hilly regions, also found in parkland and natural gardens

Diet – Insects, worms

Predators – Birds, snakes