Story: Otago region

Otago skink

Otago skink

The rare Otago skink and grand skink – both of which can grow to 30 centimetres in length – are unique to Central Otago. They live in mountain tussocklands, but occupy only one-tenth of their original range. The skinks are endangered by habitat loss and introduced predators.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Climate, plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015