Reptiles of Tasmania
|Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard|
The Blotched Blue-tongued lizard (Tiliqua nigrolutea) is the largest lizard species occurring in Tasmania. They feed on slow-moving invertebrates and plant material. Some people are lucky enough to have these lizards in their gardens.
The Bougainville's skink (Lerista bougainvillii) is rarely seen as it spends most of its life under the cover of leaf-litter, loose sand or thin slabs of stone. The limbs of this species are relatively small and this small skink moves in a sinuous, snake-like manner.
Delicate skinks (Lampropholis delicata) are a small, plain species, often found in suburban gardens in northern and eastern Tasmania. They are an egg-laying lizard which eats insects.
|Glossy Grass Skink|
The Glossy Grass Skink (Pseudemoia rawlinsoni) is a little-known lizard that lives amongst dense vegetation, usually close to water. It is a live-bearing species which in Tasmania is known only from a few localities.
The Metallic skink (Niveoscincus metallicus) is the most common and widespread lizard found in Tasmania. Metallic skinks vary tremendously in colour and pattern and give birth to live young. They are the most common "garden skink" in Tasmania.
The Mountain dragon (Rankinia diemensis) is the only species of the dragon family living in Tasmania. It is a relative of Frill-necked lizards and the Thorny devil. Mountain dragons are egg-laying lizards that feed on ants and other small invertebrates.
Mountain skinks (Niveoscincus orocryptus), like all Tasmanian alpine species of skink, give birth to live young. They usually live amongst low subalpine vegetation and will climb onto low bushes and tree trunks to bask.
|Northern Snow Skink|
Confined to Tasmania, the Northern Snow skink (Niveoscincus greeni) lives in alpine areas where it forages for insects amongst boulder fields and on rock faces. Like most Tasmanian lizards, Northern Snow skinks give birth to live young.
The She-oak skink (Cyclodomorphus casuarinae) is a distinctive lizard with short limbs and a long, snake-like body. Despite being found over most of Tasmania it is not often seen, as it shelters amongst dense, low vegetation.
|Southern Grass Skink|
Southern Grass skinks (Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii) are found in a variety of habitats where they tend to forage amongst dense ground cover or grasses and bask on rocks and logs. It is a member of a group of very similar skinks and identification can be difficult.
|Southern Snow Skink|
The Southern Snow skink (Niveoscincus microlepidotus) is generally a dark lizard with small scales. It forages amongst rocks and low vegetation in Alpine areas of southern and south-western Tasmania.
|Southern Water Skink|
The Southern water skink is only found within Tasmania on Rodondo Island, the northernmost island in Tasmania.
The Spotted skink (Niveoscincus ocellatus) is usually found in rocky areas where it shelters in crevices and beneath rock slabs. This attractive species is only found in Tasmania and gives birth to live young.
|Tasmanian Tree Skink|
Tasmanian tree skink
The Tasmanian Tree skink (Niveoscincus pretiosus) is a widespread and adaptable lizard found only in Tasmania. It is an excellent climber usually found on trees. Tasmanian Tree skinks feed on small invertebrates.
The Three-lined skink (Acritoscincus duperreyi) is a strongly striped, egg-laying lizard most commonly found amongst coastal heaths and in warm, sunny areas.
The Tussock skink (Pseudemoia pagenstecheri) is a small, striped lizard found only amongst grasses and sedges. Its stripes camoflauge it and its sinuous movements allow it to move rapidly out of sight at the approach of danger. It can be difficult to distinguish this skink from its close relatives.
The White's skink (Egernia whitii) is one of the prettiest lizards found in Tasmania. It is a sun-loving species that usually makes its home beneath slabs of rock.
|Lowland Copperhead Snake|
The Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) prefers to live in swampy or marshy areas where it feeds on frogs, lizards and smaller snakes. It has a relatively smaller head than the tiger snake.
The Tiger snake Notechis scutatus is a normally timid species which, like most snakes, usually retreats at the approach of a human. They are an interesting snake, though despite the name, they may not have any striping at all.
|White-lipped Snake (Whip Snake)|
White-lipped snakes (Drysdalia coronoides) are the smallest species of snake in Tasmania. They feed on small skinks and because of their shy nature and small fangs a bite from one of these snakes is an unlikely event. They are found throughout Tasmania where they are also called Whip snakes.