Nature Champions: Palmate Newt

Palmate Newt [App_4782_0]
Image of a palmate newt crawling over some pebbles.

Palmate newts prefer shallow water on acidic soil and are common in Scotland. Adults grow up to 9cm in length and they have a smooth skin which can be brown, green or grey. They have an unspotted pink or yellow throat and during the breeding season the males develop a filament at the tip of their tail and webbing on their back feet.


Palmate newts and smooth newts are often confused and incorrectly identified. Additionally, it is very difficult to distinguish palmate newt eggs from smooth newt eggs. These eggs are greyish-brown or dirty white and surrounded by a transparent jelly capsule that is about 3 mm across. Palmate newts deposit eggs individually on the leaves of aquatic plants.


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Action Needed

  • Increased habitat creation, restoration & management
  • More consideration within the planning process for Palmate Newt in the early stages
  • Ensure that the Scottish Biodiversity Action Plan is fully implemented


Habitat destruction and fragmentation; intensified agriculture; climate change.

MSP Nature Champion

Murdo Fraser

Member for: Mid Scotland and Fife

Region: Mid Scotland and Fife

Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

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