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  Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)





Eastern Water Skink | Eulamprus quoyii photo
Eastern Water Skink near stream at Girraween National Park.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Eastern Water Skink | Eulamprus quoyii photo
Eastern Water Skink

Image by David Midgley - Some rights reserved.



EASTERN WATER SKINK FACTS

Description
The Eastern Water Skink is a medium sized stocky long-tailed skink. It is dark brown to olive above and cream to white underneath. The tail is usually olive green. It has obvious external ear hole. It has sleek body and short legs.

Size
10cm excluding tail

Habitat
Found near creeks, streams especially near rocky cover.

Food
other lizards, freshwater shrimp, insects (aquatic and land)

Breeding
Between two and seven live young are produced usually in summer

Range
The Eastern Water Skink is found from Cooktown in tropical north Queensland to southern New South Wales, extending through Victoria and into South Australia along the Murray-Darling River system.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Scincidae
Genus:Eulamprus
Species:quoyii
Common Name:Eastern Water Skink

Relatives in same Genus
  Blue Mountain Water Skink (E. leuraensis)