Complete Listing of Tasmanian Lizards

Alex Dudley
Skinks on log
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 Mountain Dragon are skinks.

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 Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard and the smallest is the Delicate skink.

Endemic species are marked with an asterisk (


Mountain Dragon Rankinia diemensi


Three-lined skink Acritoscincus duperreyi
She-oak skink* Cyclodomorphus casuarinae
White's skink Egernia whitii
Delicate skink Lampropholis delicata
Bougainville's skink Lerista bougainvillii
Mountain skink* Niveoscincus orocryptum
Northern Snow skink* Niveoscincus greeni
Southern Snow skink* Niveoscincus microlepidotus
Spotted skink* Niveoscincus ocellatus
Pedra Branca skink* Niveoscincus palfreymani
Tasmanian Tree skink* Niveoscincus pretiosus
Metallic skink Niveoscincus metallicus
Southern Grass skink Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii
Tussock skink Pseudemoia pagenstecheri
Glossy Grass skink Pseudemoia rawlinsoni
Blotched Blue-tongue lizard Tiliqua nigrolutea
Southern Water SkinkEulamprus tympanum

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