Mallee Snake-eyed Skink
Copper Colour
Eastern Shingleback
Back, Brown
Mallee Snake-eyed Skink (Morethia obscura)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mallee Snake-eyed Skink (Morethia obscura)
This Photo:     🔍Male in Breeding Colours🔎

Thank you Stephen Fricker & Stephen Mahony for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Eight specimens found in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Apr.
We haven't managed to catch any yet, so don't have an measurments
We can see two supraciliary scales interlocking; as opposed to 1 for M. boulengeri
Stephen Mahony said "The supraciliaries are certainly right for M. obscura."

Similar Species: Speckled Wall Skink (Cryptoblepharus pannosus)

Copyright © 2016-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Dec-2016
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)