In this activity, students have the opportunity to create a lizard-friendly habitat in the school grounds. The extension activity involves designing a suitable environment for keeping lizards in captivity.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe the basic survival needs of lizards
  • identify key components of a lizard-friendly habitat
  • understand threats to lizards in New Zealand and some of the possible solutions.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students.

Useful links

Visit the Department of Conservation website to find out more about attracting lizards to your garden. There are downloadable factsheets about gardening for lizards in the lower North Island and Canterbury.
www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/.../lizards/attracting-lizards-to-your-garden/

Onduline is a tough, lightweight corrugated roofing and wall cladding material made from organic fibres. It’s environmentally friendly, rot and fungus resistant and ideal for making lizard shelters. Visit the Onduline website for more information and to find a local supplier.
www.onduline.co.nz

Visit the New Zealand Herpetological Society website to download a PDF about keeping lizards in captivity.
www.reptiles.org.nz/uploads/PDF/DOCGuidetokeepinglizards.pdf

    Published 18 January 2010