General Description

Small, grey-brown or olive-brown skink, usually with a dark brown stripe down back from the neck to the tail and a dark brown stripe from side of the neck to the tail. Often has speckled appearance. Belly is whitish or silvery- grey. Up to 6 cm long (snout-vent).


Gardens Skinks feed on small invertebrates. Females congregate to lay their eggs in communal nests, which can contain more than 200 eggs per nest (up to four eggs per female). They are diurnal (active during the day) and are often found basking or foraging among leaf litter and rock piles.


South-east coast of Australia from south-eastern Queensland through eastern New South Wales, southern Victoria and into South Australia.


Found in wide variety of habitats from wet and dry schlerophyll forest, to coastal and mountain heaths. Commonly found in suburban gardens.

More Information