Broadbanded sand swimmer

Eremiascincus richardsonii

SUBFAMILY

Lygosominae

TAXONOMY

Eremiascincus richardsonii Gray, 1845, Houtman's Abrolhos, Western Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

These are medium-size yellow-golden brown skinks, with eight to 14 blackish bands on the body and about 20 bands on the tail.

DISTRIBUTION

The species is found throughout most of interior Australia, but not along the eastern, northern, and southern coasts.

HABITAT

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.

BEHAVIOR

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.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

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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