Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Danube Crested Newt

Triturus dobrogicus
As the name might suggest, the Danube Crested Newt can be found near the Danube River in Europe. They can be found in a huge range of temperate habitats, ranging from rivers and ponds to forests and scrublands.

Slender bodies and smaller heads set the Danube Crested Newt apart from other members of its genus. The species is sexually dimorphic, with males having higher crests that extend on to their heads.

Breeding takes place every spring, and eggs are typically laid in ponds or other areas of still water. After metamorphosis, most adults will leave the water for a life on land, but some will remain in water year round.

The Danube Crested Newt is listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN. Their numbers are declining due to habitat destruction and pollution of waterways. Because this species is able to breed with other Newts within their genus, hybridization has also been a cause for decline.

Danube Crested Newts are kept in captivity, and are said to be hardy and easy to maintain.

IUCN Status : Near Threatened
Location : Europe
Size : Body length 7in (18cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Amphibia -- Order : Caudata
Family : Salamandridae -- Genus : Triturus -- Species : T. dobrogicus

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