Latin Name: Saproscincus mustelina (mus'-tel-een'-ah: "weasel-coloured rotten skink")
Class:Reptilia Order:Squamata-Sauria Family:Scincidae Genus:Saproscincus.
square kilometres. The Weasel Skink is restricted to a
coastal strip from Brisbane to Melbourne, including Bushy Park Wetlands.
Habitat: Moist and
humid shaded ground conditions including rainforest, overgrown gullies,
heathland, closed shrubland, and sub-alpine tussock grassland. Stones and rotted
logs, or densely matted ground vegetation and leaf litter are usually present.
Description: It is brownish
grey to dark brown with larger dark flecks and smaller pale
flecks. There is a distinctive white or pale mark that slopes downward
from behind the eye. It has a body sheen in common with other skinks.
The female is larger and is usually quite uniformly coloured, while the
slightly smaller male often has a darker upper lateral zone.
Length: Head and Body Length to 6cm, Total Overall Length to 16cm.
Food: It forages for spiders,
amphipods, isopods and insects - including larvae, in a
distinctive, sneaking, secretive manner and it is conspicuously active only in the
evenings and on warm days in the early morning, or during overcast weather.
Breeding: The female
lays from two to seven eggs per clutch, between late spring and
late summer; second clutches tend to have fewer eggs. The most frequently
chosen sites are under litter and matted vegetation or under overgrown stones.
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