Introduction

You are likely to find these lizards in main urban centres of New Zealand.

Highlights

There are 99 recognised lizard species found in New Zealand.

A few species are common in urban areas, and you may even see them in your garden.

Common species by region

Whangarei

Auckland green gecko, copper skink, ornate skink, forest gecko, Pacific gecko

Auckland

ornate skink, copper skink, Auckland green gecko, forest gecko

Gisborne

copper skink, ornate skink, common skink, common gecko

Wanganui

common skink, brown skink, common gecko

Napier

common skink, spotted skink

Wellington

common skink, ornate skink, common gecko, forest gecko, Wellington green gecko, brown skink, copper skink

Nelson

common skink

Hokitika

speckled skink

Christchurch

common skink, McCann's skink, spotted skink, common gecko

Dunedin

common skink, jewelled gecko, "Otago large" gecko

Invercargill

common skink

Identifying lizards

The following sites can help you identify lizards:

Report a sighting

If you have made any observation of a lizard or frog, fill out an Amphibian and Reptile Distribution Scheme Card (ARDS card) and report your sighting.

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