The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 03. The distribution and breeding site characteristics of newts in Cumbria, England


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Authors: J. S. Denton

Abstract: The distribution and breeding site characteristics of the smooth newt, Triturus vulgaris, the palmate newt, T. he!veticus and the warty newt, T. crisrarus were investigated in Cumbria. T. he!veticus was the commonest species on the acidic rocks in the Lake District , but was not found in limestone areas. T. crisrarus was seldom found without the commoner T. vulgaris, and there was no evidence of the former preferring larger, deeper ponds than the latter.
T. vulgaris and T. cristatus, unlike T. helvericus were rarely found in water with pH<6. T. vulgaris was usually found in water relatively rich in metal ions, while the reverse was true for T. helveticus.
Newts were found in ponds in a wide variety of terrestrial habitats, but most often in rough pasture land.

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