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Eastern Water Skink

Eulamprus quoyii


There are 389 species of skink in Australia, which is about half of our lizard species. Eulamprus quoyii, commonly known as "eastern water skink" or "golden water skink", belongs to the family Scincidae. They have a long tail and their back is olive-brown above with scattered small black spots on the body and tail. They also have a narrow pale golden or yellow stripe that runs from their eye down the side of their body. The lower flanks are creamy yellow with numerous scattered small black spots. Length up to 30cms. They bear live young (viviparous), and can lose their tail as a defense mechanism. Diet includes other lizards, freshwater shrimp, and insects (aquatic and land).


Spotted amongst the rocks and crevices around a very clean freshwater pond, along Paling Yard Creek in Girraween National Park, SEQ. Here's some park info -

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Girraween, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 8, 2020
Submitted on Oct 24, 2020

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