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Today’s photo is of a rare harlequin gecko/tukutuku rakiurae. This species is endemic to Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand.

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After a long flight home a pair of jewelled geckos are settling back in to life in New Zealand after they were illegally smuggled to Germany.

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Today’s photo of the week is of a very special Wellington green gecko on Matiu Somes Island.

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Today’s photo of the week is of a banded sea krait.

Sea kraits are occasional visitors to New Zealand’s waters but they are considered a native species because they arrive here naturally on ocean currents.

Banded sea krait.

Sea kraits spend part of their time on land, drinking fresh water and laying their eggs there.

They are likely to be accidental visitors as New Zealand is outside their normal tropical range. They are found abundantly in the reef systems around Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia, and their usual prey is eels.

 Photo by Tom Gruber | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.