Southern Crested Newt

Southern Crested Newt

Taxobox | name = Southern Crested Newt
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
trend = downward
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Amphibia
ordo = Caudata
familia = Salamandridae
genus = "Triturus"
species = "T. karelinii"
binomial = "Triturus karelinii"
binomial_authority = (Strauch, 1870)
subdivision_ranks = Varieties
subdivision ="Triturus karelinii karelinii""Triturus karelinii arntzeni"

synonyms =
*"Triton karelinii" (Strauch, 1870)
*"Triton longipes" (Strauch, 1870)
*"Molge cristata var. karelinii" (Boulenger, 1882)
*"Molge cristata var. longipes" (Boulenger, 1882)
*"Triton cristatus var. karelinii" (Durigen, 1897)
*"Triton lobatus spp. meridionalis" (Fatio, 1900)
*"Turanomolge mensbieri" (Nikolskii, 1918)
*"Molge karelinii var. macedonica" (Karman, 1922)
*"Triton cristatus karelinii forma taurica" (Wolterstorff, 1923)
*"Triton cristatus karelinii forma byzanthina" (Wolterstroff, 1923)
*"Triton cristatus karelinii forma bureschi" (Wolterstorff, 1925)
*"Triotn (Neotriton) carnifex karelinii" (Bolkay, 1927)
*"Triturus cristatus karelinii" (Mertens & Muller, 1928)
*"Triturus cristatus karelinii forma rilaica" (Buresch & Zonkov, 1941)
*"Turanomolge menzbieri" (Terentjev & Chernov, 1949)
*"Triturus cristatus carnifex var. albanicus" (Dely, 1959)
*"Triturus cristatus karelinii (Mertens & Wermuth, 1960)

The Southern Crested Newt ("Triturus karelinii") is a terrestrial European newt. It is similar to the Great Crested Newt ("Triturus cristatus") except larger and more robust.

Physical Characteristics

Southern Crested Newts are brown to gray dorsaly, with darker patches scattered about. Their bellys and throats are orange, with small black dots. They get up to 7.1 inches, or 18 [] ; Accessed 12/22/06] Males have a large jagged crest going from behind the neck down to their tails.


Southern Crested Newts live from Serbia east to the Caspian Sea, and south to central Turkey.


The Southern Crested Newt lives in a variety of mountain habitats, including both broadleaf and coniferous forests, slopes and plateaus.

Life cycle

With Southern Crested Newts sexual maturity is reached at 3 or 4 years. During the breeding season they are found in most sources of water such as swamps, lakes, stagnant ponds, ditches and temporary pools, and streams. Males usually live to about 8, and females to 11 years old. [ [] Accessed 1/3/07]


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