Skink predation by hedgehogs at Macraes Flat, Otago, New Zealand

A. Spitzen-van der Sluijs, J. Spitzen, D. Houston, A.H.P. Stumpel

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The stomach contents of 158 hedgehogs captured at Macraes Flat, Otago, New Zealand, over two summers in 2000 and 2001 were examined for the occurrence of lizards. The remains of at least 43 skinks (both Oligosoma nigriplantare polychroma and O. maccanni) and one gecko (Hoplodactylus sp.) were found. Twenty-one percent (n = 33; 8 males and 25 females) of the examined hedgehogs had fed on skinks. Female hedgehogs ate significantly more skinks than did males. Our results suggest that the presence of large numbers of hedgehogs can have a high impact on native reptile populations in New Zealand and therefore they should be targeted in future trapping programmes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-207
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Conservation
  • Erinaceus europaeus
  • Introduced mammals
  • Oligosoma
  • Predation


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