Prickly forest skink

Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae

SUBFAMILY

Lygosominae

TAXONOMY

Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae De Vis, 1890, Bellendenker and Herberton, Queensland.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

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.

DISTRIBUTION

The species is found only in rainforest along the northeastern Queensland coast, from Rossville south to Kirrama.

HABITAT

The prickly forest skink inhabits rainforest.

BEHAVIOR

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.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Litters of one to two young are born throughout the year.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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