Cunningham's Skink

Cunningham's Skink

Check out Australia Zoo’s Cunningham’s Skink!

Here at Australia Zoo, we love skinks!  Keep your eyes peeled in our Australian Lizard Exhibit for some cute Cunningham’s skinks.

 

Close up of a Cunninghan Skink's face.

 

Cunningham’s skinks are found throughout the south-east of Australia.  They are perfectly designed for life amongst the rocky outcrops.  They have a spiny exterior ranging in colour from brown and black to rusty orange.

 

Cunninghan Skink laying on a rock facing the camera.

 

As their name suggests, Cunningham’s skinks are a member of the skink family.  This means they have the ability to drop their tail and run when under threat; it’s the perfect escape tool!  That’s not the only you-beaut trick that Cunningham’s skinks have up their sleeve.  When feeling threatened, they seek refuge under rock crevasses and use their spiny exterior to anchor themselves.  And crikey, they can be very stubborn!  An anchored Cunningham’s skink can be almost impossible to remove from its position of refuge.

 

Close up of a Cunninghan Skink's tail.

 

A mature Cunningham’s skink is omnivorous.  They spend daylight hours in search of vegetation such as flowers, leaves, berries, snails and insects.  These reptiles are monogamous and produce up to 15 live young. Despite living in close-knit family groups, genetic studies show that they can somehow identify non-related mates. Amazing!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Egernia

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    cunninghami

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    Up to 30 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    200 - 250 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    3 - 4 months