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Eulamprus heatwolei

Yellow-bellied Water Skink

Body colour is brown with numerous black flecks along the back and a ragged-edged, broad, lateral band. Belly and underside of limbs is often bright yellow or sometimes pale cream and a relatively short, pale anterior dorsolateral stripe (sometimes broken) extends from the eye to the front limbs. The front section of the ear-opening is black.

Total length 22 cm, with an average snout-vent length of 10 cm.

This species is generally found at higher altitudes within the Greater Sydney Region like the Upper Blue Mountains but is also occasionally reportedly found near the coast in some parts of Sydney. It is usually associated with water, where it can be seen basking on rocks or logs near the water's edge but is sometimes seen well away from water. Several individuals may be seen basking in areas with suitable habitat, particularly alongside creeks and other freshwater bodies.

 

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Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Leura, NSW - 11 Jul 2021 by PatrickCampbell Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Blackheath, NSW - 16 Jan 2021 by LD12 Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Katoomba, NSW - 9 Nov 2020 by PatrickCampbell Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Mount Tomah, NSW - 26 Nov 2017 by PatrickCampbell
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Leura, NSW - 11 Jul 2021 by PatrickCampbell
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Blackheath, NSW - 16 Jan 2021 by LD12
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Katoomba, NSW - 9 Nov 2020 by PatrickCampbell
Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water Skink) at Mount Tomah, NSW - 26 Nov 2017 by PatrickCampbell

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Species information

  • Eulamprus heatwolei Scientific name
  • Yellow-bellied Water Skink Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 0m to 1619.1m Recorded at altitude

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