Common Dwarf Skink
Some other names for this species:
Grey’s Dwarf Skink, Grey’s Menetia
Kalbarri, Western Australia, Australia—November 9, 2005
This tiny skink was prowling around under a fragment of artificial turf at Kalbarri's sporting oval. It was extremely quick-moving, and frantically wiggled back under cover several times before it finally stopped long enough for a few photos.
This is considered an abundant and widespread species in Australia, but recent studies have shown that it's really an ill-described species complex, that includes some all-female parthenogenetic lineages.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.
Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia, Australia—October 27, 2015
At least for now, the skinks like this on the southern coast of Australia are still considered to be the same species as the ones on the west coast.
Kellidie Bay Conservation Park, South Australia, Australia—October 27, 2015
These skinks evaded my camera by digging around in the leaf litter and low vegetation, rather than by running away. It was very difficult to coax them out into the open for a photo.
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