Rare gecko spotted in Banks Peninsula

22:19, Nov 22 2012
Rare jewelled gecko
RARE FIND: The risk of poaching means the exact location where this jewelled gecko was spotted will not be revealed.

A jewelled gecko has made a rare appearance in Canterbury.

Last week, Bill Swallow was on a private property on Banks Peninsula when he spotted the gecko scuttling around a tree.

Swallow said the gecko was "friendly", but did not get too close.

A Conservation Department spokeswoman said the "at-risk and declining" species were  found only in the south-eastern South Island and on one island in Foveaux Strait.

However, the exact locations were kept secret as the jewelled geckos were often targeted by wildlife smugglers.

Key threats are habitat loss and predators such as rats and hedgehogs.

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