Three-toed Skink Hemiergis decresiensis

Lizards of Victoria series


The Three-toed Skink, Hemiergis decresiensis, has only three digits on each limb. The long, slender body is dark brown above, with darker spotted lines and a yellowish belly. It has a snout vent length of up to 50 mm.

Three-toed Skink, Hemiergis decresiensis

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

Distribution and habitat

The Three-toed Skink is widely distributed in the cooler, damper areas of Victoria. It lives in areas of moist litter, as well as below rocks and fallen timber.


This species is secretive and rarely seen unless deliberately searched for. It feeds on small invertebrates. Females give birth to as many as four 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 (4)

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will 23 November, 2010 18:51
i love theese skinks
Amy 19 November, 2011 21:38
I found 2 by accident and there sooooo cute :3 there names are Jeff and Jerry
Jaycee 8 June, 2013 15:39
I am probably late in saying, but it is illegal to keep wildlife as pets...!
Melanie 13 December, 2016 07:57
We live in Bungendore NSW and found one of these skinks in our kitchen last night. We did think it was a snake until we spotted its very tiny legs. It was probably full grown as it was about 20cm long.
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