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Otago Skink

The Otago skink is a skink species native to a limited part of New Zealand. These long, slender reptiles are one of the largest lizards of the island nation. It gets its name from the region where it belongs.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Oligosoma
    Species O. otagense
    Scientific Name Oligosoma otagense

    Length/Size Up to 12 inches (30 cm)
    Body Coloration Yellow to greenish dorsal side, with a faint gray hue on the ventral side with darker-patched mottles all over
    Range/Distribution Central Otago, New Zealand
    Habitat Rocky canyons and grassy patches
    Diet/Food Insects, flowers and fruits
    Breeding Season Winter to early spring
    Clutch Size 3-4 live young
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on January 6th 2019 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 24th December 2018.

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