Skinks Skinks

Overview

Skinks (Scincidae) are one of five groups of lizards found in the Canberra region - the others are dragons, legless-lizards, geckos and monitors.

Generally skinks have smooth scales (in some species scales may be somewhat iridescent), often lack necks, and legs may be relatively small, reduced or lacking. Several genera have fewer than five toes (digits) on each foot. As a general rule, the longer the digits, the more arboreal the species is likely to be. In species with reduced limbs, their locomotion resembles that of snakes.

Most species of skinks have long, tapering tails, which can be shed if predators grab onto them and which can generally be regenerated, though imperfectly. Species with stumpy tails have no special regenerative abilities.

Skinks are generally carnivorous and in particular insectivorous. Typical prey includes flies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillar and for some species may include earthworms, millipedes, snails, slugs, isopods. other lizards, and small rodents. Skinks use their tongues to sniff the air and track their prey. They can chase down prey until they corner it or manage to land a bite and then swallow it whole.

Most spend their time underground where they are mostly safe from predators, and a common characteristic is digging and burrowing. Often they dig out tunnels for easy navigation.

Currently there are about 1500 species of skink worldwide, and in Australia about 33 genera and 320 species. However taxonomic research is constantly revising the classification of species.

There is some agreement that skinks consist of three broad branches (clads): Egernia Group (including local genera Cyclodomorphus, Egernia, Liopholis and Tiliqua), Eugongylus Group (including Acritoscincus, Carlia, Mentia, Morethia, Niveoscincus, Nannoscincus, Pseudemoia and Saproscincus), and Sphenomorphus Group (Ctenotus, Eulamprus and Hemiergis).

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Skink Acritoscincus duperreyi (Eastern Three-lined Skink)

Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi

Skink Acritoscincus platynotum (Red-throated Skink)

Acritoscincus platynotum
Acritoscincus platynotum
Acritoscincus platynotum
Acritoscincus platynotum
Acritoscincus platynotum
Acritoscincus platynotum

Skink Carlia tetradactyla (Southern Rainbow-skink)

Carlia tetradactyla
Carlia tetradactyla
Carlia tetradactyla
Carlia tetradactyla
Carlia tetradactyla
Carlia tetradactyla

Skink Ctenotus orientalis (Oriental Striped-skink)

Ctenotus orientalis
Ctenotus orientalis
Ctenotus orientalis
Ctenotus orientalis
Ctenotus orientalis
Ctenotus orientalis

Skink Ctenotus robustus (Robust Striped-skink)

Ctenotus robustus
Ctenotus robustus
Ctenotus robustus
Ctenotus robustus
Ctenotus robustus
Ctenotus robustus

Skink Ctenotus taeniolatus (Copper-tailed Skink)

Ctenotus taeniolatus
Ctenotus taeniolatus
Ctenotus taeniolatus
Ctenotus taeniolatus
Ctenotus taeniolatus
Ctenotus taeniolatus

Skink Cyclodomorphus michaeli (Mainland She-oak Skink)

Cyclodomorphus michaeli
Cyclodomorphus michaeli

Skink Cyclodomorphus praealtus (Alpine She-oak Skink)

Cyclodomorphus praealtus
Cyclodomorphus praealtus

Skink Egernia cunninghami (Cunningham's Skink)

Egernia cunninghami
Egernia cunninghami
Egernia cunninghami
Egernia cunninghami
Egernia cunninghami
Egernia cunninghami

Skink Egernia saxatilis (Black Rock-skink)

Egernia saxatilis
Egernia saxatilis
Egernia saxatilis
Egernia saxatilis
Egernia saxatilis
Egernia saxatilis

Skink Egernia striolata (Tree Skink)

Egernia striolata
Egernia striolata
Egernia striolata
Egernia striolata
Egernia striolata
Egernia striolata

Skink Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink)

Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei

Skink Eulamprus kosciuskoi (Alpine Water-skink)

Eulamprus kosciuskoi
Eulamprus kosciuskoi

Skink Eulamprus quoyii (Eastern Water-skink)

Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii

Skink Eulamprus tympanum (Southern Water-skink)

Eulamprus tympanum
Eulamprus tympanum
Eulamprus tympanum
Eulamprus tympanum
Eulamprus tympanum
Eulamprus tympanum

Skink Hemiergis decresiensis (Three-toed Skink)

Hemiergis decresiensis
Hemiergis decresiensis
Hemiergis decresiensis
Hemiergis decresiensis
Hemiergis decresiensis
Hemiergis decresiensis

Skink Lampropholis delicata (Delicate Skink)

Lampropholis delicata
Lampropholis delicata
Lampropholis delicata
Lampropholis delicata
Lampropholis delicata
Lampropholis delicata

Skink Lampropholis guichenoti (Common Garden Skink)

Lampropholis guichenoti
Lampropholis guichenoti
Lampropholis guichenoti
Lampropholis guichenoti
Lampropholis guichenoti
Lampropholis guichenoti

Skink Liopholis guthega (Snowy Mountains Skink)

Liopholis guthega
Liopholis guthega
Liopholis guthega
Liopholis guthega
Liopholis guthega
Liopholis guthega

Skink Liopholis montana (Tan-backed Skink)

Liopholis montana
Liopholis montana
Liopholis montana
Liopholis montana
Liopholis montana
Liopholis montana

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