Spencer’s Skink Pseudemoia spenceri

Lizards of Victoria series


Spencer’s Skink, Pseudemoia spenceri, is dark brown to black above. A conspicuous pale, bronze coloured stripe, commencing on the snout runs through the eye, and over the shoulder to the tail. It is a very flat lizard with small scales and a snout vent length of up to 65 mm.

Photo of Spencer’s Skink, Pseudemoia spenceri

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

Distribution and habitat

Spencer’s Skink is found at altitudes in excess of 500 metres in areas which are heavily forested, from East Gippsland through to the Otway Ranges and the Mt Cole area. It lives in cracks and crevices in large dead trees and fallen logs, or in rock crevices.


Spencer’s Skink is a gregarious and arboreal skink that lives in large colonies. It feeds on small invertebrates. Females give birth to 1-3 live young.

Further Reading

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

Comments (1)

sort by
Matt Campbell 17 January, 2016 17:39
We have a healthy population of Pseudemoia spenceri on our property and immediately behind us in Morwell National Park. The altitude is well under 500m, closer to 150m.
Write your comment below All fields are required

We love receiving comments, but can’t always respond.