Egernia epsisolus


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.


Found in the Pilbara to the Little Sandy Desert in Western Australia.

Oakvale Distribution Maps Eastern Pilbara Spiny Tailed Skink
Eastern Pilbara Spiny-tailed Skink Distribution Map


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.


This newly recognised species reaches lengths of 14 centimetres.


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


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 peaks 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.


Mating is between late September - early November. They are monogamous. They give birth to live young between February - March and often have twins.