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SkinkEulamprus heatwolei

Yellow-bellied Water-skink at Cotter River, ACT

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Eulamprus heatwolei at Cotter River, ACT - 24 Nov 2017
Eulamprus heatwolei at Cotter River, ACT - 24 Nov 2017
Eulamprus heatwolei at Cotter River, ACT - 24 Nov 2017
Eulamprus heatwolei at Cotter River, ACT - 24 Nov 2017
Eulamprus heatwolei at Cotter River, ACT - 24 Nov 2017

Identification history

Skink Eulamprus heatwolei 25 Nov 2017 MichaelMulvaneyMultiple Significant Sightings - MichaelMulvaney has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - MichaelMulvaney has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - MichaelMulvaney joined us in 2014!
Unidentified 25 Nov 2017 ChristineMultiple Significant Sightings - Christine has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - Christine has reported over 500 sightings!

Author's notes

I assume these are Yellow bellied Water Skinks. Not sure if this behaviour may count as a breeding behaviour?? One was biting the leg of the other, which turned and bit at the first ones head. There was a struggle, and they separated, but again the first one grabbed the hind leg of the one which was trying to run away. Again the second one turned and grabbed the first ones head with its mouth. Eventually they separated again, and ran past me into the thicker grass. Third pic is the first skink which was running a bit more slowly than the other.

1 comment

WillO wrote:
   25 Nov 2017
Yes, you are correct, these are E. heatwolei. This species is very territorial and each suitable basking and foraging area usually has a dominant male who will fight quite aggressively with competing (or subordinate) males who come too close. You were lucky to be able to creep and get these good photographs. WillO

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Marasmius? at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Parallela novae-zelandiae at Cotter River, ACT - 27 Jan 2017
Erythranthe moschata at Cotter River, ACT - 27 Jan 2017
Hypholoma sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Clitocybe s. l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Clitocybe s. l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Inocybe at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Dermocybe sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Artomyces sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Laccaria sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Lepiota s.l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Dermocybe austroveneta at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Collybia eucalyptorum at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Stereum at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Gymnopilus at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Marasmius crinisequi at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Galerina sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Cortinarius sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Marasmiellus affixus at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Chiloscyphus sp at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Russula sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Austropaxillus sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Hemimycena at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Ramaria sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Lythrum hyssopifolia at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Gratiola peruviana at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Unidentified Fungus, Moss, Liverwort, etc (TBC) at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Artomyces sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Marasmius? at Cotter River, ACT - 20 Apr 2017
Parallela novae-zelandiae at Cotter River, ACT - 27 Jan 2017
Erythranthe moschata at Cotter River, ACT - 27 Jan 2017
Hypholoma sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Clitocybe s. l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Clitocybe s. l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Inocybe at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Dermocybe sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Artomyces sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Laccaria sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Lepiota s.l. at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Dermocybe austroveneta at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Collybia eucalyptorum at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Stereum at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Gymnopilus at Cotter River, ACT - 29 May 2016
Marasmius crinisequi at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Galerina sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Cortinarius sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Marasmiellus affixus at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Chiloscyphus sp at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Russula sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Austropaxillus sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Hemimycena at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Ramaria sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Lythrum hyssopifolia at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016
Gratiola peruviana at Cotter River, ACT - 18 May 2016

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Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Local Native

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
  • Christine Recorded by
  • 24 Nov 2017 Recorded on
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