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Reptiles and amphibians

Great Crested Newt

​Great Crested Newt


Reptiles who make the forest their home include adders, grass snakes, common lizards and slow worms. These are most likely to be seen on a sunny day whilst basking, although they have a tendency to disappear before you see them.


Amphibians can be found in most of our water bodies. All three native newts - great crested, smooth and palmate newts - are found in Epping Forest, in addition to common toads and common frogs. The best time to see amphibians is in spring when they are attracting mates and laying eggs.

22 March 2012
Last Modified:
30 August 2019