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Pink-tongued Lizard

Pink-tongue Lizard climbing over a fallen tree branch on the forest floor. [Photographed by Peter Rowland]
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Scientific Name: Cyclodomorphus gerrardii

Size: Snout Vent Length 200 mm

What does it look like?

The Pink-tongued Lizard is a smooth, glossy scaled skink, with large head and long, prehensile tail up to one and a half times body length (SVL). Light grey to pale brown above with strong, to obscure brown, to blackish, angled transverse bands; more distinct in juveniles than adults and may be absent in some individuals. Head with or without variable darker spots and stripes, and tongue normally pink. Underparts brownish. 

Where is it found?

Coastal plains, ranges and eastern slopes of eastern Australia, from around Cairns Qld to Blue Mountains NSW. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The Pink-tongued Lizard, or Pink-tongued Skink, generally inhabits wetter forests, including rainforests, moist woodland and adjacent lush suburban gardens. Active during the day, foraging around rocky areas and vegetation for molluscs and small arthropods. Viviparous, giving birth to up to 25 live young in a single litter. 

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Australia (2nd Edition) cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of Australia

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