Eco Tourism Central Otago

The endangered and striking Otago skink grows to about 30cm in length, lives until 15-plus in the wild and doesn’t breed until it is about four. It eats flies, dragonflies, moths, beetles and weta and catches them by slowly sneaking up and then pouncing with jaws wide. The skinks often approach their prey with jerky motions and sometimes tap the ground at an incredible speed with their foreleg. The Central Otago Ecological Trust is creating a sanctuary for breeding the skink.

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