The Three-toed Skink, Hemiergis decresiensis, has only three digits on each limb. The long, slender body is dark brown above, with darker spotted lines and a yellowish belly. It has a snout vent length of up to 50 mm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
The Three-toed Skink is widely distributed in the cooler, damper areas of Victoria. It lives in areas of moist litter, as well as below rocks and fallen timber.
This species is secretive and rarely seen unless deliberately searched for. It feeds on small invertebrates. Females give birth to as many as four live young.
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Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.