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  Cunningham's Skink (Egernia cunninghami)





Cunningham's Skink | Egernia cunninghami photo
Cunningham's Skink at Bald Rock National Park just over the Queensland border in New South Wales. These lizards were basking on the bare rock

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CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK FACTS

Description
Cunningham's Skink colour varies from almost totally black with a few white spots, to grey with black bands, to rusty red colour.

Size
25-30cm

Habitat
around large rock outcrops, sheltering in crevices or under large slabs of rock

Food
mainly vegetarian, eats flowers, berries, shoots and leaves. Juveniles are mostly insect eaters.

Breeding
4 and 6 live young. These usually stay with parents for several years in family groups.

Range
southern Queensland to western Victoria,

Notes
The ridged backward-facing scales of the lower body and tail make it difficult for predators to extract the lizards from rock crevices.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Scincidae
Genus:Egernia
Species:cunninghami
Common Name:Cunningham's Skink

Relatives in same Genus
  Hosmer's Skink (E. hosmeri)
  King's Skink (E. kingii)
  Land Mullet (E. major)
  Stoke's Skink (E. stokesii)
  White's Skink (E. whitii)