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Nursery of the alpine newt

The alpine newt is at home in ponds and small puddles in the forest. The animals come to the water in early spring to reproduce.

The males then develop their mating plumage with a dotted seam of skin on the back and a blue upper side. With a little patience, you can see the orange belly of the animals light up on the surface of the water when they come up for air. After mating, the female lays individual eggs on aquatic plants or fallen leaves over a period of several weeks. The larvae feed mainly on mosquito larvae and later on larger aquatic insects. But they themselves are also prey for many animals such as grass snakes and dragonfly larvae. The tadpoles of grass frogs, common toads and the larvae of fire salamanders also develop in fish-free ponds close to the forest.