Reptiles & frogs

The animal group that includes reptiles and frogs is called herpetofauna. New Zealand has the tuatara, geckos and skinks, and four species of native frog (pepeketua) in this group.
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Starred gecko or Nelson green gecko ((Naultinus stellatus). Photographic Society of New Zealand gold winning image taken by DOC's own Phil Melgren ©

Starred gecko or Nelson green gecko ((Naultinus stellatus). Photographic Society of New Zealand gold winning image taken by DOC's own Phil Melgren ©

Duvaucel's gecko: New Zealand’s largest lizard, and one of the world’s largest geckos.

Duvaucel's gecko: New Zealand’s largest lizard, and one of the world’s largest geckos.

New Zealand's native tuatara is making ripples on Reddit today!

New Zealand's native tuatara is making ripples on Reddit today!

Tony Whitaker named and wrote the formal description for the black-eyed gecko. Tony was a herpetologist (studied reptiles and amphibians) and passionate advocate for conservation of, and research on, lizards. He passed away in February 2014. He was a great friend of the Department.

Tony Whitaker named and wrote the formal description for the black-eyed gecko. Tony was a herpetologist (studied reptiles and amphibians) and passionate advocate for conservation of, and research on, lizards. He passed away in February 2014. He was a great friend of the Department.

Blue-eyed gecko. One of four beautiful, brand new, threatened species posters that aim to increase awareness of New Zealand’s lesser known endangered species. Illustration: Rebecca Terborg

Blue-eyed gecko. One of four beautiful, brand new, threatened species posters that aim to increase awareness of New Zealand’s lesser known endangered species. Illustration: Rebecca Terborg

The Chalky Island/Te Kakahu skink is known to only live in one small area in Chalky Inlet, Fiordland. Photo: Hannah Edmonds

The Chalky Island/Te Kakahu skink is known to only live in one small area in Chalky Inlet, Fiordland. Photo: Hannah Edmonds

Northern tuatara on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island—this fellow is part of an island breed-for-release programme. Photo © Dylan van Winkel.

Northern tuatara on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island—this fellow is part of an island breed-for-release programme. Photo © Dylan van Winkel.

85 skinks will be joining DOC's breed-to-release programme to help protect these endangered reptiles.

85 skinks will be joining DOC's breed-to-release programme to help protect these endangered reptiles.

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