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Duvaucel's gecko

Duvaucel's gecko

Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) is the largest New Zealand gecko. The largest recorded specimens are 16 centimetres long and weigh 120 grams. They live in rocky or forested areas on offshore islands north of Cook Strait, and are nocturnal. Bones found on the North and South islands indicate that this species, like many other endemic lizards, was once much more widely distributed on the mainland.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Lizards - Appearance and life cycle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Mar 2014