Egernia epsisolus

Description

The Eastern Pilbara Spiny-tailed Skink is yellow to brown in colouration with a series of dark brown to black irregular transverse markings with white edges, the markings form obscure cross bands on the tail and rear two thirds of the body.

Distribution

The Eastern Pilbara Spiny-tailed Skink are found in the Pilbara region to the Little Sandy Desert in Western 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

This newly recognised species reaches lengths of 14 centimetres.

Diet

Much of their diet consists of fruit and seeds, however they also consume arthropods and small vertebrates.

Habitat

Eastern Pilbara Spiny-tailed Skinks are found in the Chichester IBRA sub-region of the Pilbara in Western Australia except near the Fortescue River where E. cygnitos occurs, it has also been recorded in the Little Sandy Desert. This species occupies rocky areas, inland cliffs and mountain peak in grassland, grassland-subtropical and tropical dry regions particularly in granite outcrops where spinifex grass is present. The rocky regions are utilised as shelter and retreat sites.

Breeding

The Eastern Spiny-tailed Skink gives birth to live young, the average litter size is two.