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Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard

Eastern Blue-tougued LizardTiliqua scincoides scincoides 
The Eastern Blue-tongue is silvery-grey with broad dark brown or blackish bands across the back and tail. Individuals on the coast usually have a black stripe between the eye and the ear which may extend along the side of the neck. It can grow to almost 600mm in total length, of which about 360mm is head and body.

Eastern Blue-tongued Lizards are moderately common in the Leichhardt area and are often observed behind the Whites Creek Community Garden.

More information on Eastern Blue-tongued Lizards at Wikipedia.

Eastern Water Dragon

eastern-water-dragon-largePhysignathus lesueurii lesueurii 
The Eastern Water Dragon is a large lizard, growing to 1 metre long including tail. It is grey-brown with black banding and a row of spines from the crest of the head to the tail. It usually has a broad black stripe extending from the eye to the back of the head. Males often have a red belly and chest. It is a good swimmer and dives into the water when disturbed. It can remain submerged for around half an hour.

Eastern Water Dragons have been observed at the Whites Creek Wetland.

More information on Eastern Water Dragons at Wikipedia.



Eastern Water-skink

Eastern Water SkinkEulamprus quoyii 
The Eastern Water-skink is a medium sized, stocky long-tailed skink that grows to nearly 30cm long. It is dark brown to olive above and cream to white underneath. The tail is usually olive green. It has an obvious external ear hole, a sleek body and short legs.

Eastern Water-skinks are common throughout the Leichhardt area.

More information on Eastern Water-skinks at Reptilepark.

Garden Skink

grass-skink-lampropholis-guichenoti-davin-molochLampropholis guichenoti
Garden Skinks grow to a maximum of 14cm, but rarely exceed a size of 9cm. The lizard appears predominantly steel grey with a coppery suffusion around the head. Pale and dark flecks speckle the ground colour. Darker stripes are found along the flanks, bordered by a narrow pale stripe above and below. The belly is silvery grey. May be seen foraging on open paved and rocky areas and among leaf-litter in sunny weather.

Garden Skinks are very common throughout the Leichhardt area.

More information on Garden Skinks at Australian Reptile Online Database.

Grass Skink

garden-skink-lampropholis-delicata-david-molochLampropholis delicata
The Grass Skink has short limbs, a small head and a small ear. Usually rich brown above, a narrow black stripe runs back from the tip of the snout, through the eye, often breaking up above the ear before reforming into a dark band on the upper sides. Sides dark dorsally, becoming paler toward the belly. Cream coloured below, without any trace of orange or pink. It has combined head and body length of up to 45 mm and a tail length of 55mm. Grass skinks forage actively among leaf litter and grasses looking for insects and other small invertebrates.

Grass Skinks are very common in parks and gardens in the Leichhardt area.

More information on Grass Skinks at Australian Reptile Online Database.

Snake-necked Turtle

Snake-necked TortleChelodina longicollis 
The Snake-necked Turtle's shell can grow to around 25cm in length, with its neck almost the same length. The upper shell or carapace can vary in colour from light reddish-brown to almost black, while the lower shell or plastron is usually creamy-yellow, sometimes with other dark brown markings. The feet have strong claws and are webbed for swimming. The jaws are made of hard, horn-like material and, if provoked, can deliver a painful bite.

Locally, these turtles have been observed in the Whites Creek Wetland, Annandale.

More information on Snake-necked Turtles at Wikipedia.

Three-toed Skink

Three-toed SkinkSaiphos equalis 
Three-toed skinks are common in coastal areas of eastern Australia. They are often found in compost heaps and in the garden. They are brown and orange and have four small limbs, each with three toes. When disturbed they can look like a snake, because they thrash about with their legs out of sight, trying to burrow to safety.

Three-toed Skinks are common throughout the Leichhardt area.

More information on Three-toed Skinks at Australian Reptile Online Database.

Weasel Skink

weasel-skink-saproscincus-mustelinus-david-molochSaproscincus mustelinus
The Weasel Skink is a small, coppery brown lizard around 90mm long with dark flecks on the back. The under surface is cream. It has a prominent white spot below and immediately behind the eye. The tail colour is similar to the back, but with a short, paler, dark edged streak starting immediately in front of the hind limb and continuing onto the upper section of the tail. They are usually found under fallen timber or rotting vegetation, and feed on small invertebrates.

The Weasel Skink is very common in the Leichhardt area.

More information on Weasel Skinks at Australian Reptile Online Database.