Calyptotis scutirostrum

I moved a sleeper in the yard today and found a Calyptotis scutirostrum under it. These guys look a bit like a common garden skink (Lampropholis delicata), but these guys can be distinguised by their shorter legs and longer, thicker tail (if original).

Calyptotis scutirostrum
Calyptotis scutirostrum

Calyptotis are fossorial skinks, meaning they like to live underground. I’ve found quite a few in my yard under logs and rocks.

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I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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2 Responses to Calyptotis scutirostrum

  1. Beth says:

    Very nice… what SVL for this little trooper?

  2. Stewart says:

    The snout to vent length is about 60mm I think.