Smooth newts out of hibernation

Today I noticed that two common newts have emerged from hibernation and found their way to my garden pond at Wrenthorpe.  The pond, although tiny in size, has been visited by a small population of newts each spring to breed for the past thirty years. The newts are also occasionally found hiding away under stones and leaf litter.  On land they look very much like lizards.  However, they move slowly and obviously do not enjoy the sun like lizards.  The photo here is of a common newt found in the garden hiding under some stones on 10th April during 2011.

smooth newt

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