Coventry’s Skink Niveoscincus coventryi

Lizards of Victoria series

Identification

Coventry’s Skink, Niveoscincus coventryi, is a slender species. It has a uniform dark brown upper surface with paler stripes commencing in front of the shoulder. It has divided frontoparietal scales on top of its head. Snout vent length to 50 mm.

Photo of Coventry’s Skink, Niveoscincus coventryi

Coventry’s Skink
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Coventry Skink is confined to mountainous regions across the state, including the Otways, but excluding South Gippsland, from the Grampians in the west through to the north-east. It is usually found in wet sclerophyll type forested areas.

Biology

Coventry’s Skinks are active during the day and feed on small invertebrates. They mate in autumn and the females store sperm over winter. Ovulation and fertilization occur in spring. Litter sizes range from 1–7 live young.

Further Reading

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

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Discovery Centre 7 April, 2012 13:41

Hi Kathryn, according to Continent of Curiosities: A Journey Through Australian Natural History, by Danielle Clode, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), the skink was named after A. John Coventry. John was the Museum Victoria curator of herpetology for 47 years; president of the Australian Society of Herpetologists in 1986/7 and author of numerous academic journal articles and books.

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