Grand skinkPHOTO: Sabine Bernert ©
Geckos have broad heads with large bulging eyes, definite necks, and soft, velvety-looking skin which is covered in very small, granular scales.
Skinks are more slender than geckos, with narrow heads and small eyes, a narrow neck which is nearly as wide as the head, and have smooth, shiny, fish-like scales on the surface of the skin.
Find out what lizard species you are likely to find in New Zealand's main urban centres, and how to identify lizards.
Get involved in conserving our lizards by creating an inviting home for them in your garden.
Species information is collected and entered into the herpetofauna database. You can report your species observations.
Get detailed information by searching for the common or scientific name of geckos, skinks and frogs.
This teaching resource explores the features of some of our most endangered birds and the recovery programmes, techniques and technology that is helping them survive.