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Gannet chick and lizards

Gannet chick and lizards

Skinks and geckos enjoy a meal of regurgitated fish, left for this gannet chick on the Poor Knights Islands by its parents. Offshore islands often have a high density of lizards, because they lack introduced mammalian predators. Many of New Zealand’s lizard species have become extinct on the mainland and live only on island refuges.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Lizards - Lizards in their environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

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