Animal Species:Elegant Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus pulcher

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

Elegant Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus pulcher

Elegant Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus pulcher
Photographer: Stephen Mahony © Stephen Mahony

Standard Common Name

Elegant Snake-eyed Skink

Alternative Name/s

Wall Skink, Fence Skink

Identification

The Elegant Snake-eyed 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 Elegant Snake-eyed Skink is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Habitat

The Elegant Snake-eyed 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 Elegant Snake-eyed Skink is an active hunter and feeds on invertebrates such as small insects.

Classification

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

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