Southern Grass Skinks are similar to Three-lined skinks and are endemic to south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania and some islands. They feed on small invertebrates in tussock grass areas, especially open grassy woodlands, and have a lifespan of about 5 to 6 years.
They mate in autumn, store sperm over winter and ovulate in the spring. Two to nine embryos are fed via a placenta, as in mammals, and they are born in late February. Most other lizards lay eggs. Threats include destruction of native grasslands and predation by cats and kookaburras.
Size: 65 to 75mm length (not including tail)
Illustration and photo: Mark Trinham