Carlia rufilatus — Red-sided Rainbow Skink
Eden at Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia—November 11, 2009
This was the prettiest of the various tiny Carlia skink species we saw in the Top End. At least, the breeding males such as this one were very pretty.
Ive written up an account of this three-week trip to Australia here.
Eden at Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia—November 12, 2009
Females and non-breeding males of this species are fairly nondescript, and difficult to distinguish from other Carlia that live in the area. I think this one is Carlia rufilatus, but Im not certain.
Heres another less-colorful individual, though this one has faint red stripes on the sides. The coloration is similar to Carlia gracilis, but the other features led me to believe that it was probably C. rufilatus.
The breeding males are unmistakable. All the girl skinks go for this sort of thing.
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. K., Knowles, D. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2017. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fifth Edition