The Chatham Island skink (Oligosoma n. nigriplantare) is a subspecies of the common skink. This pregnant female will give birth to a litter of up to eight or nine live young, usually in January or February. Adults grow up to 9 centimetres in length. Just a few centimetres long at birth, the young grow rapidly and by their first winter have nearly doubled their weight.
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