New Zealand is an island nation with a unique collection of flora and fauna that developed in isolation from the rest of the world. As a result, New Zealand is one of the few places on Earth where there are no native terrestrial snakes. There have, however, been occasional sightings of yellow-bellied sea-snakes in the oceans surrounding the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand also has several species of native lizards, including geckos and skinks.
As the introduction of snakes could upset an already fragile ecosystem, importing the reptiles into New Zealand is illegal and punishable with fines and jail time.
Snakes are found on every major continent except Antarctica.
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