Robust skinks feed on fruit and all types of insects.
In the wild
The robust skink was once found throughout much of the North Island and on many offshore islands. Today, natural populations are found on just six small islands around the northern North Island which are free of all introduced predators.
At Hamilton Zoo
We have one group of five by themselves - a female and four others (gender unknown). The male and one other (gender unknown)are housed with a forest gecko and green geckos.
Robust skinks are poor climbers so look for them amongst the leaf litter. They are nocturnal but will sometimes bask in the sun, usually in the morning.
The robust skink has been the focus of a significant amount of conservation action. Rodents were removed from islands with suitable habitat for the robust skink, and skinks were then translocated to the now predator-free islands. Of the six small islands where natural populations of robust skinks occur, three are reserves where access can be controlled and another is protected by its extreme inaccessibility.
The robust skink is a very thick-set animal in all proportions.