Moko Skink - Oligosoma moco

The Moko Skink is most frequently found on islands off the east coast of the northern half of the North Island. Colouration is variable but generally coppery or olive brown and usually with a cream or white bordered dark brown stripe along the side. The Molo Skink has distinctively long toes and tail. Growth is to 18 cms.

Moko Skinks are active by day and can be found basking in the sun or under logs and stones, and in the cracks of clay banks. They have been found in trees also. They eat small insects, spiders and moths etc.

Like all bar one of the native skinks of New Zealand, the Moko skink bares live young. These are born in about February.

Images Dr Paddy Ryan