There were up to seven adults on the site at any one time. The smooth tin walls make it difficult for rainbow skinks to escape but is friendly to our native species who are clever and can escape the traps. This photo was taken in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. Thanks to Roger and the Shadehouse crew for a great day out in Kerikeri. They are identifiable by a split head scale, otherwise they look like the more common rainbow skink, which has a full head scale. "It is a lot of hours on the ground, but a lot of it is chance as well," Kessels said. A couple of homeless skinks are now living the high life, thanks to the Waikato Expressway. The Black Rock Skink (Egernia saxatilis) is also known as the Black Crevice Skink. By Denice Gillespie, Partnerships Ranger in Kaitaia. The Black Rock Skink can be found in south-east Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. There have been wildlife investigations and every tree and piece of habitat has been mapped and assessed. "We are trying to capture and translocate as many animals out of harm's way before the bulldozers and chainsaws come in and then, once the roading is complete, we will restore the habitat and replace a lot of the weed species with native plants and shrubs," said Gerry Kessels of Kessels Ecology. A clever native copper skink that can escape the trap The traps are checked on a regular basis and they are proving to be very effective at catching rainbow skinks. The tail is long. I recently visited the Shadehouse, a native plant nursery in Kerikeri, where I had the pleasure of meeting Roger a lizard enthusiast and member of Guardians of the Bay of Islands, a local group working on a diverse range of island restoration projects. Copper skinks are New Zealand's smallest indigenous skink. "There are tui, morepork, catfish, so we do a real careful check to make sure we aren't impacting on nesting sites and if we are, we wait until the chicks have fledged before they fell," Kessels said. The rare Sinbad skink is found only in an alpine habitat in Fiordland. The distinctively marked striped skink is one of New Zealand's least known and rarely seen lizards. Potting mix which the Shadehouse uses on a regular basis has created the perfect breeding environment for rainbow skink, a pest species from Australia that competes with our native lizard species for food, habitat and space. This species of skink is confined to a narrow strip of coastal habitat. The pest-protected home attempts to keep rats and mice away from native copper skinks found during construction of the Waikato Expressway. The traps are checked on a regular basis and they are proving to be very effective at catching rainbow skinks. Papa Aroha, January 2017. _____.. Delicate Skink Lampropholis delicata. A lot of pre-construction surveys were done for the likes of lizards, bats, fish and birds. When mature, they're about 120mm long and are nocturnal. A very stripy, handsome little skink with a black-and-white front half, and red or bright copper tail. The ornate skink is in gradual decline, and needs our help to protect it. Black Rock Skink. A pied stilt chick that was born in the middle of a construction site of the Waikato Expressway. They are also a very important part of our ecosystem.". As large dump trucks and motor scrapers rumbled past on either side, the pied stilts built two nests and laid seven eggs in a pond area right in the middle of what will become the Ruakura Interchange when the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway opens in 2020. Meeting Roger from the Guardians of the Bay of Islands. We usually see this skink in the hills away from the coast. Both species are unique to Otago,and are two of New Zealand's rarest reptiles. Headshot of a rainbow skink. The chevron skink is one of New Zealand's rarest and most secretive lizards. Common skink Common skinks are avid baskers, and abundant in coastal areas. It is confusing because the name ‘rainbow skink’ is also used for a distantly related African lizard, and misleading because the Australian species is not particularly colourful. Whirinaki skink are found in a small area at Bream Head. 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A clever native copper skink that can escape the trap. Interesting fact: The oxygen carrying molecule in this lizard's blood is copper based, rather than iron based (hence the Latin genus name). Roger showed us various pit fall traps that he had set up around the Shadehouse as a biosecurity measure to trap these invasive pests. Plague skink (aka rainbow skink). Rainbow skinks Rainbow and copper skinks Copper Figure 2. The threat status of these species can't be assessed because so little is understood about them. Solomon Islands giant skink (Corucia zebrata) Skink. Capturing the skinks is a work in progress. Department of Conservation | Te Papa Atawhai, https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/reptiles-and-frogs/lizards/skinks/. If you wish to trap pest skinks seek some advice from your local DOC office to avoid accidental harm to our native species. Pied stilts (poaka) are considered at risk because of declining numbers and habitat. Skinks are more slender than geckos, with narrow heads and small eyes, a narrow neck which is nearly as wide as the head, and have smooth, shiny, fish-like scales on the surface of the skin. Grand and Otago skinks are two of New Zealand's most impressive and distinctive lizards, and grow as long as 300 mm. The protection of wildlife during the expressway has been years in the planning. Expressway construction teams have also been protecting a colony of pied stilts that began nesting on the construction site in November 2016. Species included in each enclosure ( w. ki ngs a e.com) (Gill & Whitaker 1 96) Rainbow skink ( Lampropholis delicata) Copper skink ( Cyclodina aenea) Rainbow skink (Lampropholis delicata) in New Zealand: an invasive species? Scientists think this species probably arrived accidentally on a ship from Australia. All our native skink and gecko species are endemic. The Shadehouse nursery grows native plants for various community groups around the Bay of Islands. It also reproduces faster and in larger numbers than our native skinks. It is predominantly coppery-brown, but does reflect an iridescent rainbow sheen when in bright light. Native to Australia, plague skinks were first recorded in Auckland during the 1960s and are now posing a threat to our rare native lizards. Cobble skinks were discovered in 2007 at a tiny beach near Westport. Also called Dark-flecked Garden Sun-skink, Rainbow Skink or Garden Skink…

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