Gotta love coming across forgotten gems when organising your photo catalogue. This is a Rose's Shadeskink (Saproscincus rosei) from when I was living in Maleny. I've always been fascinated by the eyes of reptiles and amphibians. In the genus Saproscincus, the number of scales in the row above the eyelid are one of the key identifying features between species. Macro photography can really make this process much easier!
Pat on the back for the first post in a couple of weeks! It's hard being too busy to go out looking for critters. Here's a bit of a friendship moment between a Green-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria serrata) and a Shadeskink (Saproscincus sp.) in Barron Gorge National Park.
Can you spot the differences between these two shade skink species? Apparently one of them has an extra scale. The tail gives them away too. Top: Saproscincus challengeri, bottom: Saproscincus rosei. They are pretty cute and can be found sleeping on leaves and twig Le of bushes in the rainforest at night time, off the ground and out of reach of predators. Don't worry if you can't spot the scale. I can't either haha.
A pale-lipped shade skink (Saproscincus basiliscus) resting in the branches. At night you can find shade skinks sleeping on palm fronds and on leaves in low lying trees