Pink-tongued Lizard

Cyclodomorphus gerrardii SVL 200mm

(Pink-tongued Skink)

What does it look like?  Smooth, glossy scaled skink, with large head and long, prehensile tail up to one and a half times body length (SVL). Light grey to pale brown above with strong, to obscure brown, to blackish, angled transverse bands; more distinct in juveniles than adults and may be absent in some individuals. Head with or without variable darker spots and stripes, and tongue normally pink. Underparts brownish.

Where is it found?  Coastal plains, ranges and eastern slopes of eastern Australia, from around Cairns Qld to Blue Mountains NSW.

What are its habitats & habits? Generally inhabits wetter forests, including rainforests, moist woodland and adjacent lush suburban gardens. Active during the day, foraging around rocky areas and vegetation for molluscs and small arthropods. Viviparous, giving birth to up to 25 live young in a single litter.