Egernia striolata Tree Skink
Some other names for this species:
Rock Skink
near Nelshaby, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 17, 2015
Tree Skink (Egernia striolata)
My first glimpse of a so-called Tree Skink was this near-silhouette. I could tell it was a dark, medium-sized skink, but couldn't distinguish much else until I zoomed in on the photos later. I carefully climbed up the back side of the rocky promontory that this skink was lording over in an attempt to get a closer photo, but the skink had obviously heard me coming and was nowhere to be found when I reached its level.
Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 18, 2015
Tree Skink (Egernia striolata)
The next day, I had much better luck. This lizard was basking on a fairly cool morning, so I could approach more closely without spooking it.
Hills Homestead Trail, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 19, 2015
Tree Skink (Egernia striolata)
I never saw a Tree Skink in a live tree, but I did see a number of them on fallen logs, so that sort of counts.
Wangara Lookout Trail, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 19, 2015
Tree Skink (Egernia striolata) Tree Skink (Egernia striolata)
Mostly I saw them on rocks. They were just skittish enough (and common enough) that trying to sneak up on one for a closeup was an entertaining game.
Mt. Ohlssen-Bagge, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, AustraliaOctober 21, 2015
Tree Skink (Egernia striolata)
Cogger says that Egernia striolata is a species complex that the taxonomists haven't worked out yet. Australia already has hundreds of skink species, but I guess that is just not enough.
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