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Found it crossing the path on the innocents railway walk in Edinburgh today.

Video wouldn't upload so just added a screenshot.
 
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My first thought was a newt. I think they are quite common although that's the first time I've seen one.
 
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I'm sorry but I thought someone would have said by now, why a newt they live mostly in water, it's just some sort of lizard

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Smooth newt I think. There are three species in the UK but from the photo I think it's a Smooth. The Palmate has black webbing on the back feet and the Great Crested has orange toes. :)

You do see them occasionally wandering about in daylight especially in my experience when it's damp as it seems to be on the photo. They move very slowly which is another clue to it being a newt and not a lizard. This is why you managed to photograph it. A lizard would have been off before you got the phone out. :)
 
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Smooth newt I think. There are three species in the UK but from the photo I think it's a Smooth. The Palmate has black webbing on the back feet and the Great Crested has orange toes. :)

You do see them occasionally wandering about in daylight especially in my experience when it's damp as it seems to be on the photo. They move very slowly which is another clue to it being a newt and not a lizard. This is why you managed to photograph it. A lizard would have been off before you got the phone out. :)
Easy prey then for whatever feasts on them?
 
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Not in water but near, we have loads of newts in our garden living under the paved area.
I had a Dragon fly in my garden this morning, no water or pond near so I was quite surprised. It was a big one and a really beautiful colour.

Gina.

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Easy prey then for whatever feasts on them?
Yes, they do get eaten. I've mostly seen them in undergrowth but I guess this one had a strong urge to move quarters. Possibly to somewhere it could hibernate given the time of year.
 

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Be careful as it’s in Edinburgh…..if it asks you back to their place or tries getting too close to you, it’ll be Alex! 😜
 
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Well that`s our 14th year & still loving it.
I had a Dragon fly in my garden this morning, no water or pond near so I was quite surprised. It was a big one and a really beautiful colour.

Gina.
Was it a Dragon Fly or a Damselfly, the way to tell is Dragon flies land with the wings open and Damsel's with their wings closed.
 

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