Cryptoblepharus virgatus Click to enlarge image
far southern and eastern Australia Image: S Swanson
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    virgatus
    Genus
    Cryptoblepharus
    Family
    Scincidae
    Suborder
    Lacertilia
    Order
    Squamata
    Subclass
    Lepidosauria
    Class
    Reptilia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    8 cm

Introduction

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

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.

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.

Distribution

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

Feeding and diet

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