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CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK
Egernia cunninghami

There are 2 subspecies of Cunningham's skinks, however the status of Egernia cunninghami krefftii is uncertain.
I have added this subspecies for reference and completeness

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Cunningham's Skink

Egernia cunninghami cunninghami

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic

Sydney Cunningham's Skink
(Status uncertain)

Egernia cunninghami krefftii (Status uncertain)

NSW (Sydney region)

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK
Egernia cunninghami cunninghami

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia map
Approximate distribution of Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami
Note that the Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii is found in the Sydney Region, NSW

Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami, photographed at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, NSW


CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Notice the forked tail tip (caused by the tail being damaged in the past) on this Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami photographed at Symbio Wildlife Park, NSW



Cunninghams Skink is a common species usually found in rocky areas. Pattern varies from area to area and it often lives in family groups or colonies. Although often kept and easily bred in captivity they tend to be timid so are not so east to handle. They give birth to approximately 3 -7 live babies which may live in the same rock crevice till quite large.

Like bluetongues they may drop their tail if you try and pull them out of a crevice by the tail. The tail regrows very slowly and looks different to the original tail.

Those in Victoria have less patterning than most pictured above.

They tend to be more timid than bluetongues and are not so common in peoples gardens. They eat a variety of food like insects and vegetable matter including "weeds and grass" which means they don’t have to venture far from their crevices to find food.


CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami photographed at Symbio Wildlife Park, NSW

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami above is from the New England Tablelands, NSW


CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami above is from the New England Tablelands, Armidale, NSW

 


CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami at Symbio Wildlife Park, NSW

.CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia
The Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami above is from the New England Tablelands, Armidale, NSW

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami photographed at Symbio Wildlife Park, NSW

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia
Juvenile Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami cunninghami

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami Reptiles of Australia
This specimen of Egernia cunninghami cunninghami is from Toowoomba, QLD.

SYDNEY CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK
Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Found in the Sydney Region, NSW


Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
This Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW is missing the tip of its tail!

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Notice the variance in pattern on the Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW


Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW


Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Barrenjoey Head, NSW


This Large Blotched Bluetongue Tiliqua nigrolutea was photographed near the Three Sisters, NSW in a group of 3 Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii (only 2 are in the photo above). The 3 Cunningham skinks re picture below

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at The Three Sisters, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at The Three Sisters, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at The Three Sisters, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at The Three Sisters, NSW

Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Anvil Rock, Blue Mountains, NSW

CUNNINGHAM'S SKINK Egernia cunninghami
Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii photographed at Royal National Park, near Sydney, NSW - note the patterning on the sides of its neck!

Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami
This Sydney Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami krefftii? was photographed at the Canberra Reptile Zoo

LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Skinks

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in South Australia

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in the ACT

Click here for more information about Australian Skinks

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