Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae De Vis, 1890, Bellendenker and Herberton, Queensland.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
This small skink is brownish to purple-brown with small keeled scales. The bizarre granular scales and coarse skin appear to help keep the skin evenly moist through capillary spread along the edges of the scales.
The species is found only in rainforest along the northeastern Queensland coast, from Rossville south to Kirrama.
The prickly forest skink inhabits rainforest.
These skinks shun direct sunlight, and they shelter under rotting logs, stones, and leaf litter deep in rainforest, where damp, shaded conditions prevail. These cryptic skinks have low active body temperatures.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Little is known about the diet, but slugs, snails, and worms are probable food items.
Litters of one to two young are born throughout the year.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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