Trea­sure had that skink­ing feel­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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