The brown skink (Oligosoma zelandicum) is a species of skink native to New Zealand.[2]

Brown skink
Brown skink by Tony Wills.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Oligosoma
O. zelandicum
Binomial name
Oligosoma zelandicum
(Gray, 1843)
Oligosoma zelandicum distribution (colored).png
  • Leiolopisma zelandica
  • Leiolopisma zelandicum
  • Lygosoma zelandica
  • Mocoa zelandica
  • Tiliqua zelandica


The brown skink is relatively numerous and is found from Taranaki to Wellington in the North Island and in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson and Westland in the South Island.[3]

Conservation statusEdit

The brown skink is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List as of 2010.[1] In 2012 the Department of Conservation classified the brown skink as At Risk Declining under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hitchmough, R.; van Winkel, D.; Lettink, M.; Chapple, D. (2019). "Oligosoma zelandicum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T178435A120192221. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T178435A120192221.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Oligosoma zelandicum (GRAY, 1843)". Reptile Database. Reptile Database. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Oligosoma zelandicum Brown skink". Landcare Research - NZ Lizards Database. Landcare Research. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ Hitchmough, Rod; Anderson, Peter; Barr, Ben; Monks, Jo; Lettink, Marieke; Reardon, James; Tocher, Mandy; Whitaker, Tony. "Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2012" (PDF). Department of Conservation. The Government of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 July 2015.