Liopholis personata — Centralian Ranges Rock-skink
Also known as:
Flinders Ranges Rock-skink, Flinders Ranges Masked Rock-skink
This species was formerly considered a subspecies of Liopholis margaretae.
Amongst numerous Tree Skinks on this trail, I got a glimpse of one or two that seemed a little different. They moved more smoothly, and seemed to be slightly different proportions. But each time I saw one it was in the process of sliding out of view. Then I turned a corner on the trail and saw this one at the side of the trail, just begging me to take its photo.
The cream-colored margin around the eyes is distinctive for the genus Liopholis. The haughty stare might be more of an individual thing.
Here's a youngster who loves its rocky perch sooooo much!
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2017. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia, Fifth Edition