Pérons Snake-eyed Skink
This species was formerly considered to range across most of Australia, but was split as part of Horners restructuring
of this genus. It is now restricted to a relatively small area in Western Australia.
Kalbarri, Western Australia, Australia—November 9, 2005
Wandering around at the Kalbarri Palm Resort
was an easy way to find these little skinks on trees. They weren't quite so easy to photograph though; a bunch of 'em skittered away before I finally managed to sneak up on one closely enough to get a photo.
According to Horner, the skinks in this area are either C. plagiocephalus or C. buchananii. Telling them apart requires a microscope and an upside-down, motionless skink in hand, or some DNA tissues and expensive equipment.
Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia, Australia—November 11, 2005
Heres another nearby Cryptoblepharus
. I had originally identified it as probably Cryptoblepharus carnabyi
, but Horner
relegated that species to the status of junior synonym of Cryptoblepharus plagiocephalus
. So now I know that it is not C. carnabyi
but I dont know whether it is C. plagiocephalus
or C. buchananii
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.