Can You Identify These New Zealand Amphibians and Reptiles?

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Chatham Islands skink "Oligosoma nigriplantare" is the scientific name for the...?
Rainbow skink
Small-eared skink
Robust skink
Chatham Islands skink
The Chatham Islands skink looks like a small lizard with brown and gray colors. It also belongs to the Chordata phylum.

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Tuatara The order Rhynchocephalia contains the _______, which is the final living member.
Falla's skink
Brown skink
Tuatara
Tuatara is a type of reptile that belongs to the Rhynchocephalia order, which was very prominent millions of years ago. These reptiles also have a parietal eye, which is located on the top of the head.
Rainbow skink

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Copper skink This type of skink is very common in the North Islands. Do you know the name of it?
Hamilton's frog
Copper skink
The copper skink is quite common in the North Islands of New Zealand. It's also very small in size and brown in color.
Red-eared slider
Common snake-necked turtle

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Hochstetter's frog Which of these frogs is brown with black patches on its body?
Hochstetter's frog
The Hochstetter's frog looks very small in size, and is covered in black patches on its body. These frogs also like to live under rocks.
Warty tree gecko
Wellington green gecko
Southern bell frog

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Wellington green gecko What is the name of this bright green gecko?
Tuatara
Archey's frog
Hamilton's frog
Wellington green gecko
The Wellington green gecko is bright green all over with vibrant yellow eyes. These geckos also live in the North Islands of New Zealand.

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Hamilton's frog Which of these frogs is a member of the Leiopelmatidae family?
Nelson green gecko
Hamilton's frog
Hamilton's frog is small and brown with rich black eyes. Its scientific name is Leiopelma hamiltoni.
Southern bell frog
Cloudy gecko

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Archey's frog Sir Gilbert Archey has which of these frogs named after him?
Hochstetter's frog
Archey's frog
Archey's frog is named after zoologist and museum director Sir Gilbert Archey. This frog is also brown with black spots all over it.
Tuatara
Maud island frog

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Whistling tree frog Which of these amphibians produces a whistling noise?
Rainbow skink
Cloudy gecko
Whistling tree frog
The whistling tree frog is known for the whistling noise that it makes when it's time to mate. It also likes to snack on blood worms for a treat.
Brown skink

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Emerald tree skink What's the name of this vibrant green skink?
Brown skink
Emerald tree skink
The emerald tree skink features a vibrant green hue and lives in Stewart Island. It's also part of the Squamata order.
Moko skink
Grand skink

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Grand skink This large skink is black with yellow spots. Can you name it?
Brown skink
Moko skink
McCann’s skink
Grand skink
The grand skink is quite large in size, and features vibrant yellow spots against its black body. These skinks are also currently endangered.

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Fiordland skinks The Fiordland forests are home to which of these reptiles?
Hamilton's frog
Fiordland skinks
The Fiordland skink is native to the Fiordland forests of New Zealand. These skinks also belong to the Oligosoma genus.
Hochstetter's frog
Archey's frog

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Maud Island frog The Leiopelma pakeka is another name for the...?
Brown skink
Green skink
Rainbow skink
Maud Island frog
The Maud Island frog is currently vulnerable in terms of endangerment. It also lives in small regions of both the Northern and Southern Islands of New Zealand.

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Growling grass frog The Southern Bell Frog is also called the ...
Growling grass frog
The growling grass frog features vibrant green hues with brown and black patterns. It also has large orange and black eyes.
Wellington green gecko
Archey's frog
Whistling tree frog

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Green and golden bell frog This frog features green and gold hues. Can you identify it?
Green and golden bell frog
The green and golden bell frog is bright green with long golden stripes. It belongs to the Amphibia class.
Southern bell frog
Hamilton's frog
Archey's frog

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Nelson green gecko The Starry Tree Gecko is also called the ...
Warty tree gecko
Rough gecko
Stephen's Island gecko
Nelson green gecko
The Nelson green gecko features vibrant green stars on its body. This gecko is also featured in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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Banded sea krait Which of the following has vibrant black and blue stripes?
Tuatara
Banded sea krait
Banded sea kraits are a type of sea snake that are known for their vibrant black and blue stripes. They are also predators in the ocean who love to feed on creatures within coral reefs.
Green anaconda
Dwarf gecko

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Gray's Tree Gecko Which of these geckos is very rare?
Stephen's Island gecko
Duvaucel's gecko
Rough gecko
Gray's tree gecko
The Gray's tree gecko is a very rare type of gecko and features a vibrant green hue with large white spots. It is also a member of the Gekkonidae family.

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Duvaucel's gecko Alfred Duvaucel has one of these geckos named after him. Can you tell which one?
Pacific sticky-toed gecko
Harlequin gecko
Duvaucel's gecko
The Duvaucel's gecko's scientific name bears the last name of Alfred Duvaucel. It's also brown with irregular patterns on its back.
Gold-striped gecko

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Harlequin gecko This unique-looking gecko is covered in spots, stripes and irregular patterns. Can you name it?
Wellington green gecko
Suters skink
Harlequin gecko
The harlequin gecko features a dark brown color with light brown and yellow stripes, patterns and specks all over its body. It's also native to the most southern points of New Zealand.
Red-eared slider

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Whitaker's skink Which of these lizards features many yellow specks on its black body?
Copper skink
Moko skink
Brown skink
Whitaker's skink
Whitaker's skink is small and snake-like, with many yellow spots covering its black body. These skinks are also native to forest habitats.

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Jackson's chameleon This bright green reptile is also found in East Africa. Can you name it?
Common skink
House gecko
Jackson's chameleon
The Jackson's chameleon is bright green in color and is considered to be an exotic reptile of New Zealand. You can currently find one at the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand (as well as various parts of East Africa).
Mackenzie basin spotted skink

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Eastern water dragon Although the _________ ________ ________ is found in Australia, it is considered to be an exotic reptile of New Zealand as well.
Eastern water dragon
The Eastern water dragon is a type of Australian water dragon, and can be found in many zoos throughout New Zealand. It also has the scientific name "Intellagama lesueurii."
Northland green skink
Brown skink
Copper skink

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Eastern bearded dragon The frilled lizard is also known as the ...
Marbled skink
Eastern bearded dragon
The Eastern bearded dragon is also called the frilled lizard and resides in many exotic zoos of New Zealand. These bearded dragons are also related to Central bearded dragons.
Duvaucel's Gecko
Grand skink

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Green iguana This bright green reptile is a herbivore and can also be found in the Caribbean. Can you name it?
McCann's skink
Falla's skink
Green iguana
Though the green iguana can be found in the Caribbean. It's considered an invasive animal in other parts of the world, like the United States and Fiji.
Copper skink

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Red-footed tortoise Which of these reptiles belongs to the C. carbonarius species?
Red-footed tortoise
You won't find very many tortoises in New Zealand. In fact, the red-footed tortoise is one of the only tortoises in the country, and is known for its bright red arms and head.
Marbled skink
Copper skink
Iguana

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Galapagos giant tortoise Which of these animals has a very long neck?
Long-toed skink
Marbled skink
McCann's skink
Galapagos giant tortoise
You can only find the Galapagos giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. These are very large tortoises who can also extend their neck really far out!

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Otago skink Otago is home to the ...
Lesser earless lizard
Otago skink
The otago skink is a native reptile to Otago, which is in the Southern Islands of New Zealand. This skink is also currently endangered.
Long-nosed leopard lizard
Whiptail

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Yellow-bellied sea snake Which of the following has a bright yellow stomach with black colors?
Gold-striped gecko
Archey's frog
Yellow-bellied sea snake
As the name implies, a yellow-bellied sea snake is known for its vibrant yellow stomach, while the "top part" is black. These sea snakes are also very poisonous.
Spotted skink

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Rough gecko The Kaikoura Ranges are home to the...?
Desert spiny lizard
Clark's spiny lizard
Canyon spotted whiptail
Rough gecko
The rough gecko features vibrant green hues with white and/or yellow circles on its body. It also belongs to the Diplodactylidae family.

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Red-eared slider This amphibian has a reddish-brown turtle shell. Can you name it?
Jewelled gecko
Red-eared slider
The red-eared slider is a turtle that carries a reddish-brown shell on its back. These turtles also have irregular shapes and patterns all over its body.
Common green gecko
Rough gecko

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Jewelled Gecko Otago and Canterbury are home to which of these reptiles?
Long-nosed leopard lizard
Greater short-horned lizard
Jewelled gecko
The jewelled gecko belongs to the Naultinus genus and is covered with white patches. It also features a vibrant green color to blend in with surrounding leaves.
Desert spiny lizard

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Black-eyed gecko Which of these animals features large black eyes?
Pacific sticky-toed gecko
Black-eyed gecko
The black-eyed gecko is known for its prominent black eyes, which are offset by its light gray body. These geckos also live in high-altitude environments.
Southern bell frog
Warty tree gecko

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Olive ridley sea turtle Which of the following has the scientific name Lepidochelys olivacea?
Olive ridley sea turtle
Believe it or not, the Olive ridley sea turtle is one of the smallest sea turtles that currently exist. They also belong to the Lepidochelys genus.
Common green gecko
Brown skink
Copper skink

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Robust skink This animal's scientific name, Oligosoma alani, is a tribute to Alan Robb, nephew of the discoverer. Can you name it?
Marlborough Green Gecko
Robust skink
The robust skink belongs to the Oligosoma genus and features large black eyes. These skinks are also light brown in color with irregular patterns on its back.
Gold-striped Gecko
Copper skink

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Hawksbill sea turtle Which of the following has black spots on its head, arms and feet?
Steudner's pygmy gecko
Standing's day gecko
Hawksbill sea turtle
The Hawksbill sea turtle is known for its large black spots on its head, arms and feet. It is also considered to be very endangered and belongs to the Cheloniinae subfamily.
Thick-tailed gecko

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Marlborough green gecko The Naultinus genus contains which of these reptiles?
Green skink
Brown skink
Marbled skink
Marlborough green gecko
The Marlborough green gecko belongs to the Naultinus genus and is vibrant green in color. Its nickname is "manuka" gecko.

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Northland green gecko This bright green reptile loves to sun bathe. Can you name it?
Banded sea krait
Brown anole
Northland green gecko
The Northland green gecko is bright green in color with some irregular white shapes on its back. It also loves to climb on trees during the day.
Slender glass lizard

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Blue-tongued skink Which of these reptiles has a blue tongue?
Blue-tongued skink
The name "blue-tongued skink" refers to its bright blue tongue. These skinks are also known for hissing at potential threats.
Cuban green anole
Bark anole
Brown skink

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Leatherback turtle Which of these turtles is common throughout New Zealand?
Common box turtle
Leatherback turtle
The leatherback turtle can be found all over New Zealand and loves cold water temperatures. They are also currently endangered.
Olive ridley
Desert tortoise

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Loggerhead turtle This turtle is mainly found in the North Islands of New Zealand. Are you familiar with it?
False map turtle
Eastern mud turtle
River cooter
Loggerhead turtle
The loggerhead turtle is mainly found in the North Islands of New Zealand, and can live up to 67 years of age. These turtles can also adapt to very cold water temperatures.

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