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  Hosmer's Skink (Egernia hosmeri)





Hosmer's Skink | Egernia hosmeri photo
Hosmer's Skink photographed at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Queensland.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



HOSMER'S SKINK FACTS

Description
Hosmer's Skink is a spiny lizard with 3 or 4 sharp keels on each dorsal scale. It was one long spine on each tail scale. The body is pale yellow-brown or reddish brown. It has dark spots and pale blotches on the body - these are more prominent at the head and front part of the body.

Size
18cm

Habitat
rocky ranges and outcrops. Shelters in rock crevices

Food
leaves, shoots, berries, invertebrates

Breeding
live bearing.

Range
tropical Queensland around Gulf of Carpentaria and south of Cape York



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

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