Treasure had that skinking feeling
A female Otago skink was welcomed to her new home at the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery last week after concerns were raised she was being picked on by her male counterparts at her former home. Treasure, who was named after a raffle competition held at the museum, had to be moved from the Landcare Research Skink Breeding programme after she was being bitten and ill-treated by the males at the sanctuary. Museum project manager Rachel Checketts said Treasure seemed happy with her new home as skinks were known to be solitary animals. ‘‘They thrive best actually when they are alone,’’ Ms Checketts said. Auckland Zoo head reptile keeper Richard Gibson and Department of Conservation captive management ranger Karin Ludwig, of Dunedin, brought Treasure to the museum a week earlier than she was expected to arrive and before her new home was finished. Treasure has been dining on live bugs and has an appetite for grasshoppers and apple baby food, Ms Checketts said. She urged those who wanted to help feed Treasure to bring grasshoppers and other bugs in a sealed container to the museum.