Detailed species information from your search of the Atlas.
Scientific name:
Oligosoma maccanni
Common name:
McCann's skink
Naming authority:
(Patterson & Daugherty, 1990)
Bio status category:
Indigenous (Endemic)
IUCN threat status:
** Not Classified **
NZ threat classification:
Not Threatened

Refer to for NZ threat classification system details.

McCann's skink. Photo: Dr. James Reardon.
McCann's skink


  • Sand dunes, grasslands, herbfields, scrub, rocky areas including tors, outcrops and scree.
  • Tolerates arid areas.
  • From the coast up to 1700 m above sea level.
  • Diurnal, avid sun-basker.
  • Often abundant, particularly in dry rocky areas.
  • May over-winter in groups.
  • May live on ground, among rock piles, or among low dense vegetation.


  • Back grey to light brown, uniform or patterned with various brown stripes (smooth or notched) and/or large grey blotches (often creating a herringbone or checker-board effect).
  • Mid-dorsal stripe (stripe along spine) often present, and breaks up or becomes notched or wavy on tail.
  • Sides with broad dark-brown stripe above (bordered by thin pale stripes, often notched) and below this grey or grey-brown.
  • Throat whitish-grey, often with fine black speckling.
  • Belly whitish-grey through to bright yellow, uniform or with fine black speckling.
  • Soles of feet creamy-grey, yellow or brown.
  • Measures up to 73 mm from snout tip to vent.
  • Smoothly-striped animals most common in western Otago/Southland and mid- to northern Canterbury.
  • Animals from Central Otago are often especially blotchy in appearance.


  • From inland Southland through to northern Canterbury.
  • Mostly inland but approaches coast on Otago and Banks Peninsula areas.


  • Named after New Zealand herpetologist Charles McCann (1899-1980).
  • Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
  • 2012): Very abundant and widespread.
  • Responded well to predator control at Macraes.
  • Tolerant of dry conditions, live in rocky habitat - i.
  • e.
  • habitat preferences reduce vulnerability.

Statistical information and distribution map

  Before 1988 Since 1988
Live Specimen 3954 5992
Dead Specimen 9 5
Total 3963 5997

  Live or dead specimen or shed skin
  Bone or fossil

McCann's skink Distribution Map.'
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