Complete Listing of Tasmanian Lizards
Skinks (family Scincidae) are one of the most diverse and widespread groups of reptiles in the world, and reach their greatest diversity in Australia. All species of Tasmanian lizard except the
Generally, the common garden lizard seen basking in the sun is a skink. Most skinks have smooth, polished scales and relatively short limbs. Skinks have a small bone in each scale which helps armour these generally small lizards. Extra defences include the ability to drop their tail if this part is grasped. The tail will grow back, but the regrown tail will never look as good as the original.
Many smaller Tasmanian species have a transparent scale in the lower eyelid which serves two functions. As well as acting like a pair of safety goggles the transparent scale reduces moisture loss from what would otherwise be a relatively large evaporative surface.The largest Australian skink is the Land Mullet of Northern NSW and south eastern Queensland. In Tasmania the largest species is the
Lizard and the smallest is the
Endemic species are marked with an asterisk (*)