A safe spot for skinks

Skinks and geckos are lizards – the only two native families of lizard found in New Zealand.

Our skink and gecko species have been around a long time – at least 20 million years. They occur only in New Zealand. Some species are restricted to habitats found only in Otago.

As these habitats change, our skinks and gecko’s are threatened.

This week the team at the MenShed have been finalising the design of a prototype home to aid our lizards.

It will offer a living space safe from predators.

The design will be trialed in our region to determine whether it can make a positive contribution to the future of our local reptiles.