Eremiascincus richardsonii Gray, 1845, Houtman's Abrolhos, Western Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
These are medium-size yellow-golden brown skinks, with eight to 14 blackish bands on the body and about 20 bands on the tail.
The species is found throughout most of interior Australia, but not along the eastern, northern, and southern coasts.
They inhabit semihumid to arid areas, including hard or stony substrates with woodlands, shrublands, and hummock grasslands. They also are found throughout the red, sandy deserts of central Australia.
These skinks are crepuscular, nocturnal, and terrestrial. They frequent burrows, often digging their own small burrows off at a right angle to larger burrows, such as a rabbit warrens.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The species feeds on beetles, ants, wasps, and termites.
Little is known about their reproduction, but they lay from three to seven eggs.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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