Story: Lizards

Lizard habitats

Click on the thumbnails to see the habitat of each gecko or skink. 

Black-eyed geckos (Hoplodactylus kahutarae) are found on alpine bluffs in the Kaikōura Range and on Mt Arthur, near Nelson.

Jewelled geckos (Naultinus gemmeus) are found in forest and scrub habitats in the South Island.

Robust skinks (Cyclodina alani) are found in low coastal forest habitats in the North Island.

Otago skinks (Oligosoma otagense) are found on bluffs and in rock and tussock in Central Otago.

Lizard photographs supplied by the Department of Conservation

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Lizards - Origins and diversity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Mar 2014