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Weasel Skink

Family: Scincidae, Genus: Saproscincus
Species: Saproscincus mustelinus

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Weasel Skink • Saproscincus mustelinus
The Weasel Skink is a small (up to 15 cm nose to tail) ground-dwelling skink that lives in a coastal strip from Brisbane to Melbourne, and in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. The female lays up to four eggs in a nest that is often shared with other females.

This lizard is often found in people's gardens, usually under stones and leaf litter. It eats small insects, such as flies and mosquitoes, therefore is useful to have around. If you want to have a closer look at the lizard, you can pick it up (if you can catch it!), but handle it gently, or it will get scared and drop its tail!

Weasel Skinks are so named for the colour and shape they are. They have glossy brown-to-tan skin that shines in a "rainbow" under bright light, a pale belly, and a dash of white near their eyes. They are really very pretty skinks, so look out for them!

Article and Photos: Katrina Leel

Weasel Skink • Images
To see more images of this Weasel Skink, click on any of the images
Weasel Skink (Saproscincus mustelinus) - Photo: Katrina  Š 2005 Weasel Skink (Saproscincus mustelinus) - Photo: Katrina  Š 2005
Common name Scientific name Where Found
Weasel Skink Saproscincus mustelinus NSW, QLD, VIC
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Sub-order: Sauria
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Saproscincus
Species: Saproscincus mustelinus

Weasel Skink • Other links

Museum Victoria
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Some great images of the Victorian Skinks, including the Weasel Skink.

 

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