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Hosmer’s Skink

Egernia hosmeri

Range

  • Eastern Australia

Habitat

  • Rocky outcrops

Diet

  • Insects
  • Leaves
  • Shoots
  • Berries

Instead of laying eggs, these skinks are viviparous, meaning they bear live young.

An important part of their defense, Hosmer’s skinks have sharp points called “keels” on their scales. When alarmed, they squeeze between rocks and puff out their bodies. The keels help them to remain wedged in a safe place until the danger has moved on.

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