Nature Profiles

Lizards of Victoria

 

Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii (Southern Grass Skink)

There are six species of Pseudemoia, and all are lizards of cool, southern coastal areas of Australia.  Although all six species look similar, they are rather habitat specific, which can help greatly with identification.  Only P.entrecasteauxii is relatively widespread, especially along the coast.  It is found from the far southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula to eastern NSW and Tasmania.  You can see some photos of South Australian individuals here.

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Port Campbell NP

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Mt Eccles NP

Pseudemoia spenceri

A lizard of wet mountain areas, this little skink can be found in suitable habitat from the Grampians in Victoria to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This individual was scurrying around a large myrtle beech trunk at Mait's Rest, in typical Otway Ranges cool rainforest.  Thanks to Mark Hutchinson for the ID.

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Lampropholis guichenoti (Grass Skink)

This common lizard is as equally at home in the woodlands of Victoria as it is in the garden of suburban Adelaide and Melbourne.  Adelaide individuals can be seen here.

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Mt Eccles NP

Eulamprus tympanum ssp.tympanum (Southern Water Skink)

I spotted this juvenile skink on a path near Carisbrooke Falls.  E.tympanum is widespread in Victoria, but its distribution is very limited in southeastern SA and southern NSW.  The pale margin to the ear opening helps distinguish this species from the similar E.heatwolei.  Thanks to Mark Hutchinson for the identification.

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Carisbrooke Falls, Great Otway NP