Morethia lineoocellata — Pale-flecked Snake-eyed Skink
Some other names for this species:
Western Pale-flecked Morethia, Sandhill Skink, Spotted Morethia
These little skinks were common on the sand dunes of the beaches. They rarely ventured far from the ground-cover plants that clung to the dunes, and the first ten or so I tried to photograph managed to skitter out of sight before I could get a good photo. I eventually managed to catch one and then released it far from any vegetation, so it would pose in the sand. When we had finished taking photos, I encouraged it back towards its protective plant cover.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.
- Bush, B., Maryan, B., Browne-Cooper, R., Robinson, D. 1995. A Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region
- 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. 2003. Reptiles of Australia