Tuesday 21 May
Scree skink (Oligosoma waimatense)
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Scree skink fact file
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Scree skink description
Like other skinks, the scree skink has an elongate body covered in smooth, glossy scales, a narrow head and small eyes (3) (4). The scales are greyish-white, with black blotches forming bands across the body. The grey, or orange-pink, belly tends to be unmarked, but the chin and throat are sometimes speckled with black (2).
- Snout-vent length: 95 mm (2)
Scree skink biology
The scree skink is diurnal and heavily reliant on the sun for raising its body temperature. Accordingly, it is often seen basking on exposed rocks in clear view. Like other New Zealand skinks, it is an omnivorous species, with berries, invertebrates and even other skinks known to feature in its diet (2) (4).Top
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Scree skink status
Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
Scree skink threats
The primary threats to New Zealand skinks are habitat loss and predation by introduced mammals such as cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, hedgehogs, rats and mice (4). The scree skink population is thought to gradually declining and consequently is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List (1) (6).Top
Scree skink conservation
There are currently no known conservation measures in place for the scree skink.Top
Find out more
To find out more about New Zealand’s reptiles see:
- New Zealand Herpetological Society
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- A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
- A poorly sorted sedimentary rock composed of quartz, feldspar, clay and other minerals.
- Feeding on both plants and animals.
- IUCN Red List (October, 2008)
- Patterson, G.B. (1997) South Island skinks of the genus Oligosoma: description of O. longipes n.sp. with redescription of O. otagense (McCann) and O. waimatense (McCann). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 27: 439 - 450.
- Halliday, T. and Adler, K. (2002) The New Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Department of Conservation. (2006) Skinks and Geckos Factsheet. Department of Conservation, Christchurch. Available at:
- Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (February, 2008)
- Hitchmough, R., Bull, L. and Cromarty, P. (2007) New Zealand threat classification system lists 2005. New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington.
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