Grass Skink Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii

Lizards of Victoria series

Identification

The Grass Skink, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii, is a medium sized skink, with a ground colour varying from olive to dark brown. It has a dark stripe down the back and a pale stripe a scale wide running from behind the ear to the tail on scale row 4. Mottling is usually present on the sides, often with white spots. It has a snout vent length of up to 65 mm.

Photo of Grass Skink, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii

Grass Skink
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Grass Skink is widely spread over the southern areas of Victoria.  As its name suggests, it is usually found in tussocky areas.

Biology

Active by day, this sun loving species feeds on small invertebrates.  Females give birth to a maximum of 8 live young in late summer.

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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