One of the last surviving mainland populations of skinks, the Moko skinks. - Body shape is really good for our purpose. - Skinks are longer than geckos in terms of body shape. This could be an advantage as we would be able to develop a pattern on the back of the skink that changes gradually as it continues downwards. The length could also become a disadvantage because of the space we are using. There is a height limit and we would have to make sure the whole thing fit in the space

One of the last surviving mainland populations of skinks, the Moko skinks. - Body shape is really good for our purpose. - Skinks are longer than geckos in terms of body shape. This could be an advantage as we would be able to develop a pattern on the back of the skink that changes gradually as it continues downwards. The length could also become a disadvantage because of the space we are using. There is a height limit and we would have to make sure the whole thing fit in the space

Goldstripe Gecko. These small geckos are known only in the area from Taranaki to Mana Island near Wellington. The Goldstripe Gecko is found most commonly in the Taranaki district, and in the small towns of Waitara, Stratford and Opunake. It's often found in flax but is equally at home on species with dense foliage. Like most New Zealand geckos they are nocturnal but are often seen basking in the sun.

Goldstripe Gecko. These small geckos are known only in the area from Taranaki to Mana Island near Wellington. The Goldstripe Gecko is found most commonly in the Taranaki district, and in the small towns of Waitara, Stratford and Opunake. It's often found in flax but is equally at home on species with dense foliage. Like most New Zealand geckos they are nocturnal but are often seen basking in the sun.

Robust skink. Occurs only on a few offshore islands North East of the North Island. Possibly the largest New Zealand skink it is forest dwelling, nocturnal but will on occasions bask in the sun, usually in the morning. It feeds on all manner of ground insects as well as any flying ones that circumstances allow. - Maybe bigger than we had envisioned.  - Shape not entirely unsuitable. Tail movement would be smooth if done at this angle

Robust skink. Occurs only on a few offshore islands North East of the North Island. Possibly the largest New Zealand skink it is forest dwelling, nocturnal but will on occasions bask in the sun, usually in the morning. It feeds on all manner of ground insects as well as any flying ones that circumstances allow. - Maybe bigger than we had envisioned. - Shape not entirely unsuitable. Tail movement would be smooth if done at this angle

Copper skink.They are very common in the North Island and grow to about 10 cms, with a very long tail. They are nocturnal they are active mainly by night and eat small insects, spiders and similar invertebrates.  - This skink is the one which lives in the native bush behind ASHS, therefore has a connection to the school - Simple pattern, easy to replicate - This particular one doesn't have very good body shape for our purposes

Copper skink.They are very common in the North Island and grow to about 10 cms, with a very long tail. They are nocturnal they are active mainly by night and eat small insects, spiders and similar invertebrates. - This skink is the one which lives in the native bush behind ASHS, therefore has a connection to the school - Simple pattern, easy to replicate - This particular one doesn't have very good body shape for our purposes

Striped Skink. Only from the North Island this skink is considered endangered. It is found in epiphytes in standing trees as well as rotting ones on the ground, diurnal. -Pattern would be very easily to replicate

Striped Skink. Only from the North Island this skink is considered endangered. It is found in epiphytes in standing trees as well as rotting ones on the ground, diurnal. -Pattern would be very easily to replicate

Forest gecko. Occurs throughout New Zealand in bush and scrub, mainly nocturnal although it will bask on sunny days. They blend in amongst the leaves and tree bark as the forest gecko's pattern resembles their environment so well that the lizard can be almost invisible on the branches and trunk.  - Really cool pattern as it makes them almost completely camouflaged. Would be tricky to pull off unfortunately.

Forest gecko. Occurs throughout New Zealand in bush and scrub, mainly nocturnal although it will bask on sunny days. They blend in amongst the leaves and tree bark as the forest gecko's pattern resembles their environment so well that the lizard can be almost invisible on the branches and trunk. - Really cool pattern as it makes them almost completely camouflaged. Would be tricky to pull off unfortunately.

Nelson Green gecko. This on lives The Maitai Valley, therefore the pattern is different

Nelson Green gecko. This on lives The Maitai Valley, therefore the pattern is different

The largest New Zealand gecko, found on offshore islands from Cook Strait northwards where it lives in rocky or forested areas, active at night but will bask in the sun.  Feeds on all manner of nocturnal insects that it would encounter naturally. - Interesting skin. Looks as though it would have a different texture to it. We could incorporate that as part of our installation

The largest New Zealand gecko, found on offshore islands from Cook Strait northwards where it lives in rocky or forested areas, active at night but will bask in the sun. Feeds on all manner of nocturnal insects that it would encounter naturally. - Interesting skin. Looks as though it would have a different texture to it. We could incorporate that as part of our installation

Long-toed skink. It is only been found in a few sites in the South Island of New Zealand and little is known of its habits. It seems to prefer dry, rocky habitats, usually eroding stream terraces or scree slopes.  - Tail may be too long. Twists in tail may be too hard to work with as they are very random.  - Good pattern.

Long-toed skink. It is only been found in a few sites in the South Island of New Zealand and little is known of its habits. It seems to prefer dry, rocky habitats, usually eroding stream terraces or scree slopes. - Tail may be too long. Twists in tail may be too hard to work with as they are very random. - Good pattern.

Shore skinks. They tend to live along the coast, and inland to several hundred metres.  Many populations are known to exist elsewhere on the mainland, and on nearshore islands. They range from the Three Kings Islands southwards to near Auckland on the west coast and Gisborne on the east. - Tail is too curved, would look strange is if was moving. - Pattern of the skink is very deatailed and hard to replicate

Shore skinks. They tend to live along the coast, and inland to several hundred metres. Many populations are known to exist elsewhere on the mainland, and on nearshore islands. They range from the Three Kings Islands southwards to near Auckland on the west coast and Gisborne on the east. - Tail is too curved, would look strange is if was moving. - Pattern of the skink is very deatailed and hard to replicate


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One of the last surviving mainland populations of skinks, the Moko skinks. - Body shape is really good for our purpose. - Skinks are longer than geckos in terms of body shape. This could be an advantage as we would be able to develop a pattern on the back of the skink that changes gradually as it continues downwards. The length could also become a disadvantage because of the space we are using. There is a height limit and we would have to make sure the whole thing fit in the space

One of the last surviving mainland populations of skinks, the Moko skinks. - Body shape is really good for our purpose. - Skinks are longer than geckos in terms of body shape. This could be an advantage as we would be able to develop a pattern on the back of the skink that changes gradually as it continues downwards. The length could also become a disadvantage because of the space we are using. There is a height limit and we would have to make sure the whole thing fit in the space

New Zealand  gecko. - Body may be too curved for our purpose. Could lead to the tail movements to look awkward. - Feet might also be too close to the body

New Zealand gecko. - Body may be too curved for our purpose. Could lead to the tail movements to look awkward. - Feet might also be too close to the body

A Green Tree Gecko (genus Naultinus), found only in New Zealand.

A Green Tree Gecko (genus Naultinus), found only in New Zealand.

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