Photo 50188101, (c) Mark Tutty, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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What

New Zealand Grass Skink Oligosoma polychroma

Observer

kiwifergus

Date

September 2, 2019 08:48 AM NZST

Description

Found during katipo survey on Kopututea section of the Oneroa Walkway extension. Shannon from 4Sight consulting suggested copper skink, but "A Photographic Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of New Zealand" gives the copper having a black and white denticulate pattern on the lips, which this does not have. Maybe Whirinaki skink? Shannon was also able to show me how to handle skinks in a minimally stressful way. Even still, it decided it would rather take refuge up her sleeve!

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