Rawlinson’s Skink Pseudemoia rawlinsoni

Lizards of Victoria series

Identification

Rawlinson’s Skink, Pseudemoia rawlinsoni, is grey-brown, olive or brown above with a dark vertebral stripe. It is distinguished from other Victorian members of this complex by having the pale stripe a scale wide running from behind the ear to the tail lying on scale row 3 not row 4. It has a snout vent length of up to 63 mm.

Photo of Rawlinson’s Skink, Pseudemoia rawlinsoni

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

Distribution and habitat

Rawlinson’s Skink is distributed widely over coastal areas, together with areas to the north east of Melbourne including the high plains. It appears to be restricted to swampy areas including brackish marshes.

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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Sarah Aylott 14 September, 2011 17:25
Hello. What is the best way to capture this skink in a reptile survey? Thanks sarah
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Discovery Centre 15 September, 2011 10:56
Hi Sarah, in terms of reptile surveys the best people to contact are the Department of Sustainability and Environment who are the relevant authorities for issuing permits for reptile surveys and can provide guidance for appropriate collecting.
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