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Land mullet

Egernia major

Description:

The land mullet is Australia's largest skink (Scincidae) and one of the largest in the world. At about 60 cm (24 inches) this one was about as large as they can get. Check the whole series to see the entire skink and its powerful body.

Habitat:

Found basking in the sun in the Lamington Ranges National Park, on the Ballanjui Falls track. The Lamington Ranges National Park contains the last remnants of Australia's sub-tropical rainforest. Species restricted to the rainforest of south-eastern Australia.

Notes:

Most species of skinks have no pronounced neck and their legs are relatively small. The largest known extant species of skink is the Solomon Islands skink (Corucia zebrata).

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15 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Jemma, Larry, Argy and Shanna! Argy, I'm at the a loss to understand the origin of the name for that hairstyle but this guy looks 10 times better than anyone with a mullet. Shanna sorry you were not lucky there; I've got a few reptiles in my collection from Lamington (and some encounters not in my collection because we stepped away or they went away: tigers snakes!)

ShannaB
ShannaB 9 years ago

Wow, very cool. (Glad to know there are, indeed, reptiles in Lamington... we sure didn't see any!!) ; )

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

cool spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

How did these ever catch on as a hairstyle?

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

nice spot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Emily, Luis and Noel!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting Daniele!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Man, what a gorgeous lizard! I am a big fan of Australia's shingle-backs but this guy is pretty awesome himself! Thank you for sharing!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Great spot of this big guy! Thanks for sharing Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Braulio!

Wow!
Probably he´s able to knock down a window!
Amazing series!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Jason!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Big one! Great spotting!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Satyen! Unfortunately after the 5th shot it decamped before I could get the tip of the tail in :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic series Daniele! He sure is big :-)

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Darlington, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2013
Submitted on May 9, 2013

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