Lizards belong to the group of animals known as reptiles. This group includes crocodiles, turtles, snakes, tuatara and lizards.
There are many different types of lizards in the world, but in New Zealand we only have geckos and skinks.
Learn about some of lizards below, then get involved by attracting lizards to your garden.
Find out what lizard species you are likely to find in New Zealand's main urban centres, and how to identify lizards.
The chevron skink is one of New Zealand's rarest lizards.
The Cyclodina group of lizards contains more rare species than any other group of New Zealand lizard. Find out more here.
Geckos have baggy, velvety skin and broad heads. They eat insects, fruit and nectar. They usually give birth to two young in late summer / early autumn.
Grand and Otago skinks are two of New Zealand's most impressive and distinctive lizards, and grow as long as 300 mm.
The distinctively marked striped skink is one of New Zealand's least known and rarely seen lizards.
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