The Southern banded newt can be found in Israel, Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Russian Federation, Syria, and Turkey’s forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes, marshes, canals, and ditches. Males grow spectacular crests that give them the impression of a much larger and more impressive creature during the breeding season.
Males get a crest, and their colors become brighter and more vibrant on their flanks. Males are notorious for aggressively defending their territories by biting and chasing other males away. Currently, the species is classified as “Least concern.”
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No