Anna Meredith from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sudies in Midlothian is currently investigating a disease affecting palmate newts on the Isle of Rum in Scotland. Symptons include 'blister-like nodules or lumps' on the skin 'caused by a protozoal parasite'.
In a bid to discover how widespread this condition is, Anna is asking for people across the UK to report any sightings of newts with lumps and bumps to email@example.com. (Please do not handle or disturb the animals).
This fact was sourced from the June issue of BBC Wildlife magazine.