Carlia rufilatus Red-sided Rainbow Skink
Eden at Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, AustraliaNovember 11, 2009
Red-sided Rainbow Skink (Carlia rufilatus)
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.

I’ve written up an account of this three-week trip to Australia here.

Eden at Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, AustraliaNovember 12, 2009
Red-sided Rainbow Skink (Carlia rufilatus)
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 I’m not certain.
Djarradjin Billabong, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, AustraliaNovember 15, 2009
Red-sided Rainbow Skink (Carlia rufilatus)
Here’s 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.
Territory Wildlife Park, Northern Territory, AustraliaNovember 19, 2009
Red-sided Rainbow Skink (Carlia rufilatus)
The breeding males are unmistakable. All the girl skinks go for this sort of thing.
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