Grand skink
Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


There are many different types of lizards in the world. In New Zealand we only have geckos and skinks.


New Zealand has more than 110 species of lizard. We have geckos and skinks, and none are found anywhere else in the world. All native lizards are fully protected. Mice, rats, mustelids and cats pose a threat to all lizards.

You can help by creating areas on your property where mice and rats are controlled, there is thick native ground cover to protect lizards from predators, and there is a continuous supply of food.

Detailed species information on the New Zealand Herpetological Society website.

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