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Any help with Newt ID, please? UK Norfolk

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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 11:00   #1
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Any help with Newt ID, please? UK Norfolk

I uncovered this Newt when I moved my doormat yesterday.
It had spots all over and the underside was bright yellow with black spots.
I think it was a female great crested, but would like confirmation, or correction, please.
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 11:46   #2
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I uncovered this Newt when I moved my doormat yesterday.
It had spots all over and the underside was bright yellow with black spots.
I think it was a female great crested, but would like confirmation, or correction, please.
Thank you
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I'm not sure of the extent of variation in female great crested but I'm wondering if it could be Italian crested, which is sometimes kept in captivity. A close look at the flanks and underside would be useful but I guess it's long since gone? Have you encountered others before and is there a pond nearby?
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There's a pond fairly close, and I have seen Great Crested (I presume) male, in the garden, two years ago. That was later in the year than now, and was fairly distinctive. Also it was raining, so there was no dust over it.
I did move it from under the mat, and put it closer to the pond, under some leaves.
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Checking on various sites, I would edge towards Italian, due to the dorsal line in yellow, and although not photographed, the underside was strikingly yellow with black spots, not at all orange.
But, again, I may be wrong.
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