Ctenotus robustus Eastern Striped Skink
Some other names for this species:
Robust Striped Skink
Morialta Conservation Park, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 17, 2015
Eastern Striped Skink (Ctenotus robustus)
This sleek lizard was basking at the edge of a steep incline just a foot or so off of the trail I was hiking. I was lucky to spot it in the mix of live and dry grasses. It had clearly also spotted me, and after two photos it rocketed off.
Wilkawillina Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 20, 2015
Eastern Striped Skink (Ctenotus robustus)
I next encountered one of these skinks under a downed log. When I lifted the log, I saw a flash of movement as the skink dove into a nearby burrow. I stayed in the area for a little while to photograph other nearby lizards, and soon this skink reappeared at the edge of the log. I approached slowly, but it retreated under the log anyway. However, this time I knew where it might try to hide next, so I lifted the log again and quickly covered the burrow with my hand. The skink first ran toward the burrow, then noticed my hand and ran off to a nearby pile of small rocks, where it shimmied under one. When I carefully moved that one, it raced off to another. This went on for ten or fifteen minutes. It never stayed exposed for more than a few seconds, and eventually I gave up. The only photos I managed to get were with my iPhone when the skink paused to decide how to navigate my shoe. (Its eventual decision: up and over.)
Mt. Ohlssen-Bagge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 21, 2015
Eastern Striped Skink (Ctenotus robustus)
This one was on the move when I noticed it. I followed it around from a distance for a short while, until it paused to soak up some sun. Apparently the undersides of its front legs especially needed warming.
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