Short-clawed Skink
Yellow Belly
Eastern Spotted Ctenotus
Eastern Spotted Ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)
Species: Eastern Spotted Ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis)
This Photo:     Front

Thank you Dr Mark Hutchinson & Stephen Mahony for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Extremely fast. Very hard to see, let alone photograph.
The name "orientalis" doesn't refer to Asia as is commonly thought, but "of the East" as in "Eastern".

Similar Species: Eastern Desert Ctenotus (Ctenotus regius)

Copyright © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Apr-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)