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Great Desert Skink

The Great Desert Skink is a species of large burrowing lizards that live in the major sandy areas of Australia. These are nocturnal creatures, and live in burrows outside which they find out a specific area to use as lavatory, thus keeping their burrows clean. Scientists use these defecation marks as indication to count the population of these reptiles.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Liopholis
    Species L. kintorei
    Scientific Name Liopholis kintorei

    Other Names Kintore’s egernia
    Length/Size 19 cm (about 7 in)
    Body Coloration Dorsal side is copper brown and the ventral side and tail are whitish gray
    Range/Distribution Western Australia
    Habitat Sandy regions
    Diet/Food Variety of invertebrates including cockroaches, beetles, termites, spiders and ants
    Breeding Season Spring to late summer
    Clutch Size 1-7 young annually
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on December 31st 2018 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 9th January 2019.

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