I am not aware of the current range of this new lizard but I believe it is still confined within Pembroke and Paget parishes, so at the moment it is not coming into conflict with the remaining known skink populations.

However it is likely their range will expand and come into contact with known skink populations within a decade, if not sooner.

Prior to the mite introduction there were estimated to have been several hundred wild bee colonies scattered around the island and approximately 310 kept hives.

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After it, no flowers were left from which bees could gather nectar.

The effects of a hurricane linger for years while the vegetation recovers.

In 1987 when Hurricane Emily swept over the island, the main honey flow from the Schinus sp.

Brazilian pepper tree, was interrupted and approximately 30% of the island's vegetation destroyed. Since then, bees have been further troubled by disease.

Scientists believe that several factors combined, including viruses, mites, bacterial and fungal diseases, long-range hauling for pollination services and pesticide exposure may be stressing the bees immune systems, leading to the demise of bee colonies worldwide.

In Bermuda, it often assumed wrongly that the island's distance from the USA as the nearest landmass offers some protection, but this is not so.

Scientists have predicted this mite will nearly eliminate our feral bee populations as well as having a devastating impact on kept (managed) bees.

Recent surveys of local hives revealed that hundreds of hives are dying and the Varroa mite is the main suspect.

Protected species include Bermuda does not have alligators, badgers, buffalo, chipmunks, crocodiles, deer, ferrets, giraffes, hedgehogs, lions, moles, mongooses, moose, raccoons, skunks, snakes, squirrels, stoats, tigers, weasels or zebras.