Common name: Spencer’s Skink. SVL 55mm; Total length 120mm.
Spencer’s Skink is one of six species belonging to the genus Pseudemonia, often referred to as cool skinks, which in turn belongs Eugongylus Group of skinks. There are four of the six species of the genus in the Canberra region. At least in P. entrecasteauxii, P. pagenstecheri, and P. spenceri, a placenta-like structure is formed during pregnancy to pass nutrients to the developing offspring which are born live (not hatched from eggs). Similar mammal-like adaptations also occur in the skink genera, although not in the Canberra region.
Spencer’s Skink has a distinctive pattern that enables it to be readily distinguished from other species. It is often found on sides of rocks and trees.
Distribution Widespread in the ACT and Monaro from lowlands to highlands.
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Pseudemoia spenceri has been recorded at: