Egernia cunninghami

Description

Cunningham's skink has a long tail with keeled scales along its dorsal surface from the back of the neck down to the tip of the pointed tail. The legs are quite short, requiring the lizard to slide on its belly when it moves around. Its colour can vary from dark brown and reddish to a jet black with distinctive scattered patches of paler scales.

Distribution

This species occupies the slopes and ranges of The Great Dividing Range from western Victoria through New South Wales to south eastern Queensland, their range extending to the coast around Sydney. There are also pockets of Cunningham's Skink found in the Mount Lofty Ranges of South Australia.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

The Cunningham's Skink grows to around 30 cm.

Diet

The Cunningham's Skink feeds on a variety of invertebrates such as insects, snails and slugs as well as vegetation such as fruit and leaves.

Habitat

Forests and woodlands with rock outcrops. The species occurs within forests and open woodland which feature rock outcrops.

Breeding

Female Cunningham’s skinks produce between 4 and 6 live young in late summer. These will usually hang around the parents for several years forming quite close family groups.