Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Gidgee Skink (Egernia stokesii) is a gregarious species of lizard of the Scincidae family. This diurnal (daytime) species is endemic to Australia, and is also known as the Gidgee skink and Stokes’s skink.

Whilst most skinks are known for their smooth scales, the Gidgee Skink has rough spiny scales, thought to help defend itself against potential predators. By living and hanging around narrow crevices in rocks, tree splits and hollows, the Gidgee Skink is able to inflate its body with air, the spiny scales acting like little hooks and helps prevent the lizard from being pulled from its crevice.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Scincidae
  • Genus: Egernia
  • Species: E. stokesii
  • Binomial name: Egernia stokesii
  • Subspecies:
    • E. stokesii badia
    • E. stokesii zellingi
    • E. stokesii stokesii
  • Synonyms:
    • Silubosaurus stokesii
    • Silubosaurus zellingi
    • Egernia stokesii