GREAT BARRIER ISLAND 2010 – CHERVON SKINKS

GREAT BARRIER ISLAND – LAND OF LIZARDS AND LARRIKINS
Juvenile chevron skink (Oligosoma homalonotum) amongst the moss and ferns.

An opportunity to search for one of New Zealand’s most elusive lizards was quickly snapped up last week, as a team of dedicated herpetologists travelled to Great Barrier Island in search of the amazing chevron skink. Trent Bell, Sarah Herbert, and I spent a week looking for this species in and around  the bouldery streams braving wasp atttacks and heavy downpours! We managed to capture 4 animals, not to forget the multitude of other lizard species we stumbled across. Enjoy.

Adult chevron skink (Oligosoma homalonotum)
Chevron skink hiding in a kingfisher burrow

Chevron skinks are highly susceptible to evapourative water loss (dehydration) and therefore spend much of their time hiding in burrows, within tree trunks and logs, and streamside vegetation.

Pacific gecko (Dactylocnemis pacificus)
chevron skink (Oligosoma homalonotum)
Although common on the island, the ornate skink (Oligosoma ornatum) exhibits amazing camouflage!

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