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Old 24-09-2003, 04:08 AM
Joe
 
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Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it? Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he

http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm

Many thanks.
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Joe Farrugia, London


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Old 24-09-2003, 04:08 AM
Bigjon
 
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Joe declared:

Hi


Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it? Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he


http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm


Many thanks.


If your thinking it's NOT a newt, it could only really be a young common
lizard...
http://www.threadnaught.net/~caleb/uksauria.html
but I doubt it !
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Old 24-09-2003, 08:32 AM
Kase
 
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"Joe" wrote in message
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Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it? Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he

http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm

Many thanks.
--
Joe Farrugia, London


Interesting, I found one of these in my parents garden in South Yorkshire
about 18 years ago. It was so alien to me that (being a child) I caught it
and kept it in a box for a couple of days before letting it go unharmed but
probably a bit hungry. I never did find out what it was, just thought it was
a lizard, never thought it might not be native.



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Old 24-09-2003, 09:22 AM
Kay Easton
 
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In article , Joe
writes
Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it?


Yes.

Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he

http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm

Many thanks.


--
Kay Easton

Edward's earthworm page:
http://www.scarboro.demon.co.uk/edward/index.htm
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Old 24-09-2003, 09:22 AM
Kay Easton
 
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In article , Joe
writes
Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it?


Yes.

Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he

http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm

Many thanks.


--
Kay Easton

Edward's earthworm page:
http://www.scarboro.demon.co.uk/edward/index.htm


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Old 24-09-2003, 09:22 AM
Kay Easton
 
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In article , Joe
writes
Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it?


Yes.

Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he

http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm

Many thanks.


--
Kay Easton

Edward's earthworm page:
http://www.scarboro.demon.co.uk/edward/index.htm
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Old 24-09-2003, 10:22 AM
Tim Challenger
 
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On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 02:19:49 +0100, Joe wrote:

Hi


Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it? Can you
help? I loaded a couple of pictures he
http://www.harlon.pwp.blueyonder.co....en/ident01.htm
Many thanks.


It's relatively easy to tell a reptile and amphibian apart.
Reptiles have scales on their skin (can be soft as on a geko or hard as on
a snake or slow-worm or tortoise), whereas amphibians don't have scales.


It looks like a female smooth newt to me.
http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/smooth_newt.htm
and see the photo at the bottom.

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Old 24-09-2003, 08:23 PM
Jaques d'Altrades
 
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The message
from Kay Easton contains these words:
In article , Joe
writes
Hi

Thanks for your interest. I came across an unusual garden visitor last
night (22 Sept) and I am unable to identify it through any of my books.
It looks like a gecko, but I don't think there are any indigenous gecko
species in Britain. I guess it must be a newt, but is it?


Yes.


Female smooth newt. Males are darker and have a more orange spotted
belly. In the spring, when they are in randy mode, they are black, with
a prominent crest and a bright orange belly. Very handsome. The females
look much the same all year round.

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http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/hi-fi/tqt.htm
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Old 24-09-2003, 10:32 PM
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"..........It looks like a female smooth newt to me........"

So it's not the famous "Pistasa Newt"
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Old 25-09-2003, 08:03 AM
Tim Challenger
 
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On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 22:14:25 +0100, David Hill wrote:

"..........It looks like a female smooth newt to me........"


So it's not the famous "Pistasa Newt"


Oh, I wish I'd thought of that one ! LOL.
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If the human brain were simple enough that we could understand it, we would
be so simple that we couldn't.


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