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New Zealand Native Lizards

New Zealand Native Lizards
 
Geckos have loose, velvety skin and are one of the most primitive family of lizards.
 
Skinks are smooth-scaled and shiny. They are masters of disguise, changing colour to blend with their habitat. Lizards eat living insects.
 
The Aquarium breeds locusts, (little grasshoppers), for the lizards which also feed on meal worms, house flies, honey, fruit puree and vitamins. They moult their skin as they grow. They will shed their tail when stressed or to distract an attacker but have the ability to regrow another tail. They cannot blink but lick their eyes with their tongues. Lizards are usually nocturnal but can often be found sunning themselves on rocks, darting quickly away when disturbed.