We’re back - for the sun and food!

by Natasha
Publish date
17 November 2010
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Tash is another bug-crazy animal keeper. She is passionate about arachnids including scorpions and primitive spiders (tarantulas and funnelwebs in particular).

They look like dinosaurs I hear you say?

Come and meet our Cunningham Skinks Egernia cunninghami who have moved into the rocky high rise estate in the reptile enclosure in the Forest Gallery! These Cunningham skinks were born here at Melbourne Museum and their ages range from 2-8 years. They are sun-loving and enjoy posing for the camera. They are not picky eaters and their diet consists of specialty reptile pellets, fruit, vegetables and any insects they come across.

Cunninham Skink feeding frenzy. Three Cunningham Skinks come out and enjoy their vegies.
Image: Natasha Shadie
Source: Museum Victoria

Cunningham Skinks are distributed widely over eastern and central Victoria, excluding central and southern Gippsland. They are live bearing and can produce between 2-8 young in late summer. They like to hang out in rocky crevices where their backward facing spiky scales make it difficult for predators to pull them out.

This is a perfect time to come and see thm sunbaking and playing with their food. 

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