Definition of smooth newt in English:

smooth newt


  • A small yellowish-brown smooth-skinned newt that is widely distributed throughout Europe and western Asia.

    Triturus vulgaris, family Salamandridae

    • ‘The great crested newt is significantly larger than the smooth newt and has warty rather than velvety skin.’
    • ‘The smooth newt is typically 80-110 mm long, including its tail, and is often mistaken for a lizard.’
    • ‘When on land smooth newts tend to feed on insects, worms and slugs by projecting their tongues to catch prey.’
    • ‘Male smooth newts have a much more developed wavy dorsal crest in the breeding season.’
    • ‘The habitat of the smooth newt ranges from large lakes to densely weeded ditches, but they are most likely to be found in small to medium sized ponds.’