The Weasel Skink, Saproscincus mustelinus, is a coppery brown with darker flecks on the back. The under surface is cream. It has a prominent white spot below and immediately behind the eye. The tail colour is similar to the back, but with a short, paler, dark edged streak starting immediately in front of the hind limb and continuing onto the upper section of the tail. It has a snout vent length of up to 45 mm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
Occurs in Gippsland and north east Victoria, through the Melbourne area to the Otway Ranges. Usually found in or under fallen timber, or rotting vegetation.
This species feeds on small invertebrates. Females lay up to four eggs per clutch in a communal nest, which contain the eggs of numerous females.
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Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.