Amphibians & Reptiles

Creatures of the deep. Photo:

Creatures of the deep. Photo:

The abundance of standing water in Holywells Park means that there is a diverse range of amphibians and reptiles. The following have been recorded:


Smooth Newt – (Lissotriton vulgaris)
Common Toad – (Bufo bufo) Nerc act: Principal species for biodiversity conservation – confers a duty of responsibility on public bodies
Common Frog – (Rana temporaria)

Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus) – sightings in the canal and little concrete pond in the old orchard just behind Cliff Lane in 2001/2 although not confirmed recently by SBIS.


Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis)
Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)
Red-eared Terrapin (Trachemys scripta (Schoepff, 1792)
Red-eared Terrapin (Trachemys scripta subsp. elegans (Wied-Neuwied, 1839)
Grass snake (Natrix natrix)

Source: Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service