T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network

New Zealand Herpetological Society

The New Zealand Herpetological Society Incorporated was formed in 1969.
New Zealand's reptiles and amphibians are unique in many ways. A high proportion are endangered and the Society is dedicated to ensuring the continued survival of this important but little known group of animals.

Taranaki has its own unique gecko species – the Taranaki Goldstripe Gecko, Hoplodactylus chrysosireticus, which is most frequently found near the coast living in flax bushes, as well as further inland.

The Society encourages you to record any sighting of reptiles, in order to assist our understanding of their distribution. As native reptiles are absolutely protected animals, and may not be taken from the wild, please take notes on the place and habitat, and a photo of the animal for reference. If you wish to confirm the identification, contact either NZHS or your local DOC office.

NatureWatch NZ is an on-line data entry for New Zealand wildlife – go to the data entry button. This provides an 'obscured' location for protected wildlife, so smugglers cannot find the exact location. You can also enter sightings in the mobile app called i-Naturalist. We encourage you to support this, as comparing new records with historic data is vital to our understanding of the threats facing reptiles. This national data is relayed to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Please note – no exact reptile locations will be provided to unauthorized persons, as a measure against traders of native animals. Any reptile sightings may appear on the map to be out in the ocean, but the actual records are correct. See CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. http://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.shtml
If you wish to call in to your local DOC office, they can supply you with an Amphibian Reptile Distribution Scheme card to complete for their database.