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Gidgee skink

Egernia stokesii

Gidgee skink

The Gidgee skink is a shy spiny-tailed Australian lizard. It lives in fairly large groups which makes it easier for the group to spot the approach of predators such as dingoes, cats, foxes and snakes.

If a predator is seen, the skink will hide in a hollow tree or between rocks. If the attacker is persistent, the skink will inhale air and blow itself up wedging itself into its hiding place. Its spiny tail also makes it difficult for the predator to pull the skink out. Acacia trees in Australia are known as Gidgee trees where lots of these skinks are found.

Gidgee skinks prefer shrubland and open woodland.

Gidgee skinks will eat mostly fruit and leaves, but will also eat small invertebrates.

Its body length can be up to 195 millimetres.

Gidgee skinks are found in semi-arid Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers that the Gidgee skinks conservation status has not yet been assessed.

No major threats have been identified. Habitat clearance could become a threat.

Current population
The Gidgee skink is widespread but populations are fragmented.

Zoo population
There are around 70 Gidgee skinks in zoos worldwide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature