Leopard Ctenotus

Ctenotus pantherinus SVL 100mm (females generally larger than males)

(Leopard Skink)

What does it look like?  Robust, strikingly patterned skink with long, tapering tail, and wedge-shaped head with scaled movable lower eyelid. Pale olive-brown to dark coppery-brown above, with rows of longitudinally aligned, black-edged white or yellowish spots on back, sides and hindlimbs, and dark brown stripes on forelimbs. Individuals in south-west have dark vertebral stripe. Underparts greyish-white.

Where is it found?  Western, north-western, central and northern mainland, and nearby islands, to inland Qld and far north-west NSW. Absent from south-western and southern WA, southern SA, Vic, most of NSW, and eastern and northern Qld.

What are its habitats & habits? Occurs in arid to semi-arid spinifex grassland, drier woodland and shrubland. Active during the day, foraging on the ground for small invertebrates, including termites, spiders, ants and beetles. Oviparous, laying around 7 parchment-shelled eggs in a clutch.