Three groups of reptiles live on land in New Zealand, tuataras, geckos and skinks. Skinks are slender, glossy and often darkly coloured, and live in urban and rural areas.
Shore skinks (Oligosoma smithi) live in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand. As the name suggests, your best chance of seeing a shore skink is near the shoreline, around the high tide mark.
The skink shown here is around 10 cm long and is not showing its natural colours.
Marleen Baling (Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University) studies skinks and is especially interested in their colour variation.