Ctenotus quattuordecimlineatus Sternfeld, 1919, Hermannsburg Mission, Upper Finke River, Northern Territory.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
These relatively small, sleek diurnal skinks have 14 pale longitudinal lines on a darker body background. In all species of Ctenotus, which translates "comb ear," several scales protrude backward on the anterior edge of the external ear opening.
This is a moderately sized, elongated, slender, short-limbed skink. The color varies from gray to olive brown, sometimes greenish and occasionally dotted with white or cream spots, especially in juveniles. The tail is slightly less than or about equal to the snout to vent length.
It occurs in Western and South Australia, the southern portion of the Northern Territory, and western Queensland.
This skink inhabits semiarid heaths, woodlands, shrublands, coastal dunes, and red, sandy deserts vegetated with spinifex grasses.
In sandy deserts these secretive lizards spend most of their time within large Triodia grass tussocks. In other habitats, they hide in leaf litter or under fallen bushes and trees. They are crepuscular and nocturnal.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The species feeds primarily on a variety of arthropods but also occasionally eats snails and small lizards.
These are live bearers, typically with litter sizes of two to three large young.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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