Can You Identify These New Zealand Amphibians and Reptiles?

Talin Vartanian

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About This Quiz

A wide range of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the waters, mountains and landscapes of New Zealand. Some of these creatures live in the North Islands, while other live in the South Islands. In this quiz, you'll have a chance to identify the name of these types of reptiles and amphibians.

New Zealand is home to many types of turtles, frogs, geckos and skinks. For those who don't know, a skink is a type of lizard that is quite prominent in the lands of New Zealand. These reptiles are also a member of the Scincidae family, and come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. Some skinks have a solid brown color all over their body, while others have textured stripes and specks. And if you already love skinks, you'll probably love geckos as well. These large lizards are known for their big eyes and beautiful colors. Some geckos also have star-shaped patterns, while others can blend in with the surrounding forest environments using their bright green colors.

Turtles and frogs are also a big part of New Zealand. Some frogs are named after famous scientists, while others produce a whistling noise for mating. An example of this type of frog would be the whistling tree frog.

Let's see if you can match the photo to the name of the New Zealand reptile or amphibian from the list. Take this quiz now to test your wits!

"Oligosoma nigriplantare" is the scientific name for the...?

The Chatham Islands skink looks like a small lizard with brown and gray colors. It also belongs to the Chordata phylum.

The order Rhynchocephalia contains the _______, which is the final living member.

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.

This type of skink is very common in the North Islands. Do you know the name of it?

The copper skink is quite common in the North Islands of New Zealand. It's also very small in size and brown in color.

Which of these frogs is brown with black patches on its body?

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.

What is the name of this bright 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.

Which of these frogs is a member of the Leiopelmatidae family?

Hamilton's frog is small and brown with rich black eyes. Its scientific name is Leiopelma hamiltoni.

Sir Gilbert Archey has which of these frogs named after him?

Archey's frog is named after zoologist and museum director Sir Gilbert Archey. This frog is also brown with black spots all over it.

Which of these amphibians produces a whistling noise?

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.

What's the name of this vibrant green skink?

The emerald tree skink features a vibrant green hue and lives in Stewart Island. It's also part of the Squamata order.

This large skink is black with yellow spots. Can you name it?

The grand skink is quite large in size, and features vibrant yellow spots against its black body. These skinks are also currently endangered.

The Fiordland forests are home to which of these reptiles?

The Fiordland skink is native to the Fiordland forests of New Zealand. These skinks also belong to the Oligosoma genus.

The Leiopelma pakeka is another name for the...?

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.

The Southern Bell Frog is also called the ...

The growling grass frog features vibrant green hues with brown and black patterns. It also has large orange and black eyes.

This frog features green and gold hues. Can you identify it?

The green and golden bell frog is bright green with long golden stripes. It belongs to the Amphibia class.

The Starry Tree Gecko is also called the ...

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.

Which of the following has vibrant black and blue stripes?

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.

Which of these geckos is very rare?

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.

Alfred Duvaucel has one of these geckos named after him. Can you tell which one?

The Duvaucel's gecko's scientific name bears the last name of Alfred Duvaucel. It's also brown with irregular patterns on its back.

This unique-looking gecko is covered in spots, stripes and irregular patterns. Can you name it?

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.

Which of these lizards features many yellow specks on its black body?

Whitaker's skink is small and snake-like, with many yellow spots covering its black body. These skinks are also native to forest habitats.

This bright green reptile is also found in East Africa. Can you name it?

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).

Although the _________ ________ ________ is found in Australia, it is considered to be an exotic reptile of New Zealand as well.

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."

The frilled lizard is also known as the ...

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.

This bright green reptile is a herbivore and can also be found in the Caribbean. Can you name it?

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.

Which of these reptiles belongs to the C. carbonarius species?

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.

Which of these animals has a very long neck?

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!

Otago is home to the ...

The otago skink is a native reptile to Otago, which is in the Southern Islands of New Zealand. This skink is also currently endangered.

Which of the following has a bright yellow stomach with black colors?

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.

The Kaikoura Ranges are home to the...?

The rough gecko features vibrant green hues with white and/or yellow circles on its body. It also belongs to the Diplodactylidae family.

This amphibian has a reddish-brown turtle shell. Can you name it?

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.

Otago and Canterbury are home to which of these reptiles?

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.

Which of these animals features large black eyes?

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.

Which of the following has the scientific name Lepidochelys olivacea?

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.

This animal's scientific name, Oligosoma alani, is a tribute to Alan Robb, nephew of the discoverer. Can you name it?

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.

Which of the following has black spots on its head, arms and feet?

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.

The Naultinus genus contains which of these reptiles?

The Marlborough green gecko belongs to the Naultinus genus and is vibrant green in color. Its nickname is "manuka" gecko.

This bright green reptile loves to sun bathe. Can you name it?

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.

Which of these reptiles has a blue tongue?

The name "blue-tongued skink" refers to its bright blue tongue. These skinks are also known for hissing at potential threats.

Which of these turtles is common throughout New Zealand?

The leatherback turtle can be found all over New Zealand and loves cold water temperatures. They are also currently endangered.

This turtle is mainly found in the North Islands of New Zealand. Are you familiar with it?

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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