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Eastern Water Skinks

The Eastern Water Skinks are endemic to Australia and are diurnal in nature. They are large in size and get their common name for their affinity to live close to water bodies. Within their habitat, these reptiles are valued for their ability to keep pests under control.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Eulamprus
    Species E. quoyii
    Scientific Name Eulamprus quoyii


    Other Names Eastern water-skink, golden water skink
    Length/Size Up to 30 cm long
    Body Coloration Coppery olive or golden brown with black flecks all over
    Range/Distribution Southern regions of Victoria to central regions of Queensland
    Habitat Primarily shores of slow moving creeks and estuaries, but also in dry environments like savanna and sandstone outcroppings
    Diet/Food Small invertebrates, worms, insects, occasionally, fruits and berries
    Breeding Season Spring
    Clutch Size Up to 9 live young
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous

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    Published on January 2nd 2019 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 24th December 2018.

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