The days may have been a little cool for skinks at Wodgina, but we still managed to get a good range. Here are some of them. (Sorry about all the hand photos, but even on a cold day skinks tend to shoot off as soon as you put them on the ground!)
One of the common big skinks at Wodgina was this Ctentus grandis, sometimes called a Grand Ctenotus. It's big (up to 400mm long) and has white flecks in vertical lines on the sides.
The colourful back has narrow dark stripes.
The subspecies here is called titan and is the biggest in Western Australia.
A fantastic robust lizard with a cute face.
Carlia are called Rainbow Skinks due to the colourful sheen they have in sunlight (such as this one) and most species of the 32 species are in northern Australia. The only one of this area is Carlia munda with the white lower lip.
Interesting little lizards that often sit near you waving their tails, hoping that you stir up some insects while you work.
These Ctenotus helenae are usually very plain brown skinks but are sometimes difficult to id, as some have patterns and some don't. In the future with further research they may be split into two species.
This one has a some pattern on his back.
Skinks (and other animals) are almost impossible to catch by hand when they have warmed up, but are easily caught with our 50 metre trap system of fences, pits and funnels. A trap site will usually have two trap systems.
Another hard skink to id which was found on sandy shrublands. We believe this one to be a young Ctenotus serventyi.
These sand adapted skinks known as Eremiascincus fasciolatus, were often found in sandy river systems.
Great camo on the sand.
There are two species of sand-swimmers that look similar, this one with lots of narrow bands, while the other one also found in this area has fewer broad bands.
They are wonderful animals that are so adapted to the sand environment, with smooth torpedo bodies and a strong angled head. Often as soon as you put them on the sand, with one flick of their tails they have disappeared below.
These colourful little Morethia ruficauda skinks are usually found at rocky areas in northern Australia. It's interesting that a number of small skinks have this wonderful pattern. Why? Do the stripes hide the main body while the red tail which can be lost, attracts the attention of predators?
This subspecies in the north-west is called exquisita, you can see why. A beautiful little skink.
One of my favourite skinks, Ctenotus pantherinus, the beautiful Leopard Skink.
He is fairly common in spinifex areas, but I think he must be the most beautiful big skink in Australia.