Animal Species:Fence Skink

The Fence Skink is common in Sydney and is most often seen on vertical surfaces such as walls, fences and tree trunks.

Fence Skink

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Standard Common Name

Fence Skink

Alternative Name/s

Wall Skink

Identification

The Fence Skink has a distinct white stripe along its body from the eye area to the base of its tail, and its flat shape enables it to squeeze into small cracks and crevices.

Size range

8 cm

Distribution

The Fence Skink is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Habitat

The Fence Skink lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, grasslands. This skink is quite active and appears to be more common in urban areas than surrounding bushland. However, because of its small size, it may often go undetected in the wild.

Feeding and Diet

The Fence Skink is an active hunter and feeds on invertebrates such as small insects.

Classification

Species:
virgatus
Genus:
Cryptoblepharus
Family:
Scincidae
Suborder:
Lacertilia
Order:
Squamata
Subclass:
Lepidosauria
Class:
Reptilia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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