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Changes to the Wildlife Act
18-07-2010, 11:36 AM
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Changes to the Wildlife Act
Changes to the Wildlife Act
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Rainbow Skink Unwanted Organism

Lampropholis delicata
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Rainbow skink

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - MAF
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Frogs, toads and other amphibians
Rainbow skinks compete with our native species of lizards and prey on native invertebrates. These skinks are also a hygiene risk as they can spread germs in kitchen facilities.

Management
Rainbow skinks are very good at hitchhiking rides to new areas of New Zealand. If you are moving household items, transporting containers, mail or personal effects you should take care to ensure your items are pest free.

Plants and potting mix from nurseries have also been found to have skinks and eggs on them. If you are moving plants, plant material or potting mix around New Zealand, please ensure that these items are pest free.
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19-07-2010, 11:03 AM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
I've always heard that these skinks are out competing our natives but has any research actually been done into this??
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19-07-2010, 09:12 PM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
quote "Rainbow skinks compete with our native species of lizards and prey on native invertebrates. These skinks are also a hygiene risk as they can spread germs in kitchen facilities."

So this Reason is not supported by any researched facts?
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20-07-2010, 07:25 PM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
Back in 2006 when copper skinks were rescued at Norton Road, it was very apparent that there were few if any baby skinks and a limited number of juveniles.
107 coppers were rescued in comparison to the hundreds of rainbows that were at the site. From this it was assumed that the adult rainbows had possibly been predating the infant coppers.
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28-07-2010, 09:11 PM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
(20-07-2010 07:25 PM)watkins Wrote:  Back in 2006 when copper skinks were rescued at Norton Road, it was very apparent that there were few if any baby skinks and a limited number of juveniles.
107 coppers were rescued in comparison to the hundreds of rainbows that were at the site. From this it was assumed that the adult rainbows had possibly been predating the infant coppers.

There is alot of anectdontal evidence such as this around the place but unfortunately no studies have really been done apart from Peace but this has more suggestions for future research than answers.
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14-09-2010, 11:35 AM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
The Rodney Times printed an interesting article on how to tell the difference between the local Copper Skinks and the Rainbow Skinks.

The Rainbow is more speckled on its back.


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27-09-2010, 11:14 PM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
Hi all,
Question: Now that Rainbow Skinks are classed as an unwanted organism, does that mean one could keep one as a 'pet' without a permit?
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04-11-2010, 08:16 AM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
my auntie has thousands of them in her back yard
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15-11-2010, 05:11 PM
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RE: Changes to the Wildlife Act
(27-09-2010 11:14 PM)jtaylor Wrote:  Hi all,
Question: Now that Rainbow Skinks are classed as an unwanted organism, does that mean one could keep one as a 'pet' without a permit?

I have been wondering this myself. By the sounds of it you wont be breaking any rules if you take Rainbow skinks from the wild into captivity, so long as you don't breed them and never release them. However, if MAF disagrees you may face charges and could possibly lose your permit. I would suggest contacting MAF in person if you are seriously considering keeping Rainbow skinks.
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