Latin Name: Lampropholis guichenoti ("Guichenot's shining-scale", after A. Guichenot)
Class:Reptilia Order:Squamata-Sauria Family:Scincidae Genus:Lampropholis.
square kilometres in eastern Australia, as far west as
Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The Garden Skink is common in suburban
gardens of the eastern capital cities and parks including Bushy Park Wetlands.
Habitat: Sclerophyll woodlands,
open forests and moist tussock grasslands, especially at the
edges of vegetation that are not fire-prone. (e.g. moister situations or isolated shrubs
Description: Small, stout-bodied
skink, with glossy scales and often with a coppery sheen
on the head and forebody. Its back is greyish-brown with scattered small dark
flecks and quite prominent large pale flecks. There is a distinctly dark upper
lateral coloration, bordered above by pale dorsal coloration which gradually
darkens towards the mid-line.
Length: Head and Body Length to 4cm, Total Overall Length to 9cm.
Food: Also known as the
Common Grass Skink, it forages in low vegetation, grass and
leaf litter for spiders, beetles, ants, bugs, cockroaches, flies, mites, termites,
grasshoppers and slaters.
Breeding: Mating occurs
in spring and between two and six eggs per clutch are laid from
late spring to late summer. Females may produce a second smaller clutch.
Hatchlings emerge from mid-summer until mid-autumn and mature in 8 to 9
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