General Description

Body often brown or dark coloured with a stripe and spots along the side. Scales are shaped like a comb at the front of the ear hole. Up to 12 cm long (snout-vent).


Some of these skinks forage in the open; others on the edge of vegetation. Most species eat insects and small invertebrates; some prefer only ants. They move about quickly during the day. There are nearly 100 species in Australia.


Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Wet and dry sclerophyll forests, rocky areas, mallee and grasslands.

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