Friday, August 28, 2009

License to Handle Warty Newts

The warty newt or the great-crested newt is the largest newt (reaching up to 7 inches) that lives in Europe. Its first name comes from the small bumps that cover it’s back. Their purpose is to secrete a milky, foul-smelling substance that deters predators from preying on it. Its other name comes from the rock-like crest that develop on males during mating season. These newts can live up to 16 years, and like all newts, they can regenerate body parts.

Bonus Fact: In Europe, you need a required license to handle the warty newt.

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