Posted by Gold FM on 12/09/2012
Gold FM is bringing the natives back to Waihi on October the 3rd during Goldfest celebrations. Native lizards that is ...
New Zealand has over 90 species of native lizards that are unique to this country. And they are also unique among lizards.
All of New Zealand's geckos and all but one species of skinks produce live young once a year whereas almost every other gecko species around the world lay eggs. It's thought that temperature and the New Zealand lizards adaption to a cooler climate has resulted in this level of evolution.
Another feature of some New Zealand geckos is their daytime habits and colour range. They display a variety of colour variations and patterns and some are brilliant green with an occasional bright yellow variant.
Most geckos around the world are nocturnal with the exception of the Day Gecko from Madagascar and they're essentially grey or brown in colour. New Zealand has nocturnal lizards too but our diurnal or day active geckos offer observers the opportunity to study them in the light of day.
Longevity is another factor that makes New Zealand geckos unusual and it's not uncommon for them to live over 40 years. Most other lizards around the world don't live more than 5 to 10 years.
New Zealand was a land of birds, lizards and insects after mammals died out millions of years ago and lizards were abundant throughout the country until introduced mammals and human progress interrupted their ecosystems.
Now these unique reptiles are absolutely protected through regulations and it's illegal to take them from their natural habitat or keep them unless permitted by the Department of Conservation.
Gold FM supports the efforts of those who are passionate about ensuring that New Zealand's colourful jewels from our landscape are studied, protected and conserved for future generations to know.
A specialist herpetologist will be displaying a variety of these special creatures on October the 3rd outside the Waihi Memorial Hall from 10 am to 2 pm. It's not often that people get the opportunity to see and touch these fragile beauties so the public is welcome to head to the Waihi Memorial Hall to learn about New Zealand native lizards.
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