Otago skink; Oligosoma otagense; Cottesbrook, Middlemarch; 2011.3


Otago skink

Taxonomic Classification

Oligosoma otagense

About this object

This Otago skink ended its days in the mouth of Mr and Mrs W J Thompson's cat Chummy. Being a diurnal animal, it was probably basking in the sun on a rocky outcrop amongst the tussock and did not manage to retreat into a crack between the rocks when disturbed. Mr and Mrs Thompson took the specimen to the Otago Museum, where it was stuffed and placed on a schist rock. May be observed in the wild with good binoculars and much patience.

The Otago skink is endemic (indigenous). Its is classified as rare and endangered. It is found in various parts of Otago, incl the Strath Taieri.

The Otago skink has a distinctive pattern of cream blotches edged with black cross back and sides, while the undersurface is yellowish with black mottling. It measures up to 130 mm from snout to vent and has a very long tail. It may live up to 40 years.

Field Collection Date


Field Collection Place Description

Cottesbrook, Middlemarch

Object Type

stuffed reptile

Object number


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