Foreign skink intercepted in Hawke's Bay

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Wed, 06/07/2011 - 08:36

Foreign skink intercepted in Hawke's Bay

Rainbow skinks, an Unwanted Organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993, are yet another threat to our declining native lizard populations.

DOC wants people to contact them on 06 834 3111 or 0800 362 468 if they see one. If possible, capture it, keep in a safe container and take a photo to help with obtaining the correct identification.

Date: 29 June 2011

A rainbow skink was found by a school girl on Emerson St. central Napier last week. The Department of Conservation (DOC) wants members of the public to inform them of any further sightings

Rainbow skinks are invasive pests and pose a threat to our rare native skinks and geckos. Bryan Welch from DOC says:

"these Australian natives have created havoc among native lizard and insect populations where they invaded. We don't want this to happen in Hawke's Bay".

See the full story on the DOC Hawkes Bay page.

See the official information and identify rainbow skinks. Read the discussion about unwanted organisms on our forum.