Three-lined Skink Bassiana duperreyi

Lizards of Victoria series


The Three-lined Skink, Bassiana duperreyi, can be recognised by its relatively slim build and prominent vertebral and shoulder stripes. It has a snout vent length of up to 60 mm.

The Three-lined Skink, Bassiana duperreyi

Three-lined Skink
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Three-lined Skink is widely distributed throughout Victoria, excluding east Gippsland, the north central region, and the semi arid areas of the north west. It is normally found in association with grassy habitats.


A semi-arboreal species, the Three-lined Skink is active by day and feeds on invertebrates. Although not regarded as a communal nesting species, it has been suggested that up to three females may nest together as the clutch size varies from 4-15 eggs, with females averaging around 5 eggs per clutch.

Further Reading

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

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

Comments (2)

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paul congues 30 July, 2010 23:39
thought i found a sub-species of Bog skink. the tangerine thin stripe ran through the eye. but as i live between wonthaggi and inverloch is more likely to be a sub-species of three lined skink.
Micah 19 January, 2012 22:12
there are no recognized subspecies of both the Alpine Bog Skink and the Eastern Three Lined Skink both species belonging to 2 separate genus Pseudemoia and Acritoscincus (formerly Bassiana).
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