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COMMON or EASTERN WATER SKINK
Eulamprus quoyii

Grows to approximately 30cm (1ft) total Lengthe

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) from Sturt Gorge, South Australia

Approximate distribution of the Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
Approximate distribution of the Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This photo of an Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) with a regrown tail was taken at Gardners Falls, Maleny, Queensland

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This photo of an Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) was taken at Maleny, Queensland

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
Above picture shows an adult female Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) from the Adelaide region- Note that the males look very similar to females, However the head shape is slightly different in mature males. Adult Females body shape is also usually wider in front of the rear limbs.

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This adult male Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) is from the Adelaide region.
Note the pattern on the throat and the yellowish stripes along the body.

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This picture shows a pregnant Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) from Warriewood, NSW

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This photo of an Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) was taken at Flat Rock, Fish River near O'Connell, NSW

Eastern Water-skink Eulamprus quoyii
This photo of an Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) was taken at Lake Illawarra, NSW

This is an extremely common and widespread species found along or near water over much of the East Coast of Australia.
It is also common in some rivers near Adelaide, South Australia and Parts of the Murray River.

There are several other species of water skinks in Australia - they are often incorrectly identified!

The Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) may be confused with the following similar looking species:-

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME (EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Yellow-bellied Water-skink

Eulamprus heatwolei

NSW, ACT, Vic, SA

Alpine Water Skink

Eulamprus kosciuskoi

NSW, ACT, Vic

Southern Water-skink

Eulamprus tympanum tympanum

NSW, SA, Vic

Corangamite Water Skink or
Dreeite Water Skink

Eulamprus tympanum marnieae

Vic


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