Scree skink

The Scree skink is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

The scree skink, Oligosoma waimatense, is a species of skink native to several sites throughout the South Island of New Zealand. A member of the family Scincidae, it was described by Geoff Patterson in 1997. It favours rocky habitats, particularly greywacke screes. More

Scree skink© Mariko Walton Scree skink on rock Scree skink on rock© Paddy Ryan Close up veiw of a skree skink Close up veiw of a skree skink© Paddy Ryan Rear view of a scree skink More

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Scree Skink Oligosoma waimatense Rocky areas in dry tussock country of inland parts of the South Island is the habitat of this diurnal skink. More

already public land and is noted for the numbers of scree skink found there, may be included in the park as land ownership changes and other suitable areas for inclusion are identified. More

The scree skink will eat other lizards. Origins It is uncertain whether lizards lived on New Zealand when it broke away from the supercontinent Gondwana, 85 million years ago, or whether they are more recent arrivals. More

Common names

Scree skink in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Scincidae
Genus : Oligosoma
Species : Oligosoma waimatense
Authority : MCCANN 1955