Cunningham’s Skink Egernia cunninghami

Lizards of Victoria series

Identification

The Cunningham’s Skink, Egernia cunninghami, is a large species, identifiable by the prominent spiny keel on each back scale which are most pronounced on the tail. It has a snout vent length of up to 160 mm.

Photo of Cunningham’s Skink, Egernia cunninghami

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

Distribution and habitat

Cunningham’s Skinks are distributed widely over eastern and central Victoria, excluding central and southern Gippsland. They are normally found in crevices in rock formations, from which their spiny scales make their removal by predators almost impossible.

Biology

Cunningham’s Skinks are active by day and eat a wide range of fruits and seeds, invertebrates, and even small vertebrates. Females give birth to six or more live young in a litter.

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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geoff 1 March, 2011 20:17
hi i own four cunningham skinks and im not sure what sexy they are are there anyways of knowing thanks geoff
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