Bougainville’s Skink, Lerista bougainvillii, is greyish brown, with a dark stripe commencing on the snout and continuing through the eye to the base of the tail. Its side and under surfaces are cream coloured, with numerous dark flecks, especially on the flanks. Its tail is usually orange in, particularly in juveniles. Snout vent length to 70 mm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
The Bougainville’s Skink is a common and widespread species. It is semi-fossorial and in the Melbourne area, is usually found hiding under rocks.
Bougainville’s Skinks are active by day and feed on small invertebrates. It ranges from bearing live young in Tasmania to laying well developed eggs in a membrane in South Gippsland and egg laying at the northern limits of its Victorian range.
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