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Mountain skink

Niveoscincus orocryptus


Approx 60mm in size , about 6 all colonised in a tree stump , they where out sunbaking till i approached. ID - due to other photos at the time - Dark dorsal flecking on the back tends to align lengthwise.presence of a vertebral stripe and a white midlateral stripe


Rainforest area


Mountain skinks, like all Tasmanian alpine species of skink, give birth to live young. They usually live amongst low subalpine vegetation and will climb onto low bushes and tree trunks to bask.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

LOL! that's the Aussie sun for you. No bathing.. only baking here.

OK, that's a new Aussie word for me then, over here sunbake is reserved for minerals and some plants.
Now to your 1,500 species - I have narrowed it down by searching for "Tasmanian Skinks" - there are only 16 now making life a little easier, have a look at this link, it has further links to all 16 so you should be able to narrow it down a little more if you look at distribution maps and habitats: If you still need help I know some users who can help.

CharliePrice 8 years ago

Ok fixed the "Lizard" spelling that was a typo ..and as there is 1500 species , will just leave that blank . I do not know it as sunbathing ...that is not a term used by aussie's i do not think's always been sunbaking to me .

Hi Charlie, please only put "Genus + species" in the scientific name field, if you don't know these, just leave the field blank and that will identify the spotting as requiring further research to find the actual species. You can find this information, and lots of other useful information, in our FAQs
BTW you have a couple of spelling errors also Lizard and sunbathing!

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Sep 21, 2014
Submitted on Sep 21, 2014

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