Danube Crested Newt

The Danube Crested Newt (Triturus dobrogicus) is an endemic species often found in the Pannonian Plains and on the banks of the Sava and Danube rivers. It occurs in mixed and deciduous forests and groves, flooded meadows and swamps, and river banks and lake shores with rich vegetation. It feeds on snails, worms and insect larvae. Migrations to sites of reproduction, (i.e. ponds and lakes with stagnant and slow-flowing water) take place at the beginning of February until April. Mature individuals stay in water for a long time, even up to six months. In Serbia, the Danube Crested Newt is a strictly protected species under the Code on the Declaration and Protection of Strictly Protected Species and Protected Wild Species of Plants, Animals and Fungi Annex I (Official Gazette No. 5/10). It is also listed as a strictly protected species in Europe (Resolution No. 6 of the Bern Convention and Anex II of Habitats Directive) and on the IUCN Red List of Near Threatened Species.