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The King Country; or, Explorations in New Zealand. A Narrative of 600 Miles of Travel through Maoriland.



In New Zealand the lizards are represented by eleven species, five of which belong to the neat genus Naultinus.

  • Kakariki.—Naultinus elegans. A beautiful green lizard, now rarely found.
  • Kakawariki.—Naultinus punctatus. A green lizard with yellow spots on the back.
  • Mokonui.—A large lizard, said by the natives to be common on the Upper Whanganui.
  • Tuatard.—Hatteria puntata. A great fringed lizard, about eighteen inches long. It is now only found on the small island of Karewha, in the Bay of Plenty.
  • Around Lake Taupo the author found small brown lizards, about two inches long; and at Pangarara, near Tongariro, lizards eight inches long, of a dark-brown colour.