Glossy Grass Skink
Latin Name: Pseudemoia rawlinsoni) (raw'-lin-sun-ee: "Rawlinson's false
after P. Rawlinson)
Class:Reptilia Order:Squamata-Sauria Family:Scincidae Genus:Pseudemoia.
Distribution: 30,000-100,000 square kilometres in south eastern Australia.
Habitat: Lake margins,
swamps, fens, bogs and saltmarshes with low, dense vegetation
(heaths, swamp grasses, sedges, sphagnum moss and halophytes)
Description: Its back
and upper sides are olive brown to dark brown, while the lower
sides are buff to light brown. It has well developed narrow, pale dorsolateral
and midlateral lines (both are edged in black) and these extend well onto the
base of the tail. All upper surfaces have a coloured sheen or cast which
matches the predominant substrate colour (from green to dark brown).
Length: Head and Body Length 5 to 6cm, Total Overall Length to 18cm.
Glossy Grass Skink picture from Parks and Wildlife, Tasmania.
Food: It forages for insects,
spiders and small crustaceans amongst and under dense
Breeding: Females are slightly
larger than males and mating occurs in autumn. The sperm
are stored by the female and the eggs are not fertilised until early spring.
In mid summer the female gives birth to four to eight live young.
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