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Russet snake-eyed skink

russet snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus ustulatus)
Karijini National Park, WA
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Cryptoblepharus ustulatus - Horner, 2007
Pronunciation  KRIP-toe-BLEFF-ah-russ  
Etymology  Cryptoblepharus: 'hidden eyelid', referring to the fused eyelids.
ustulatus: "From the Latin adjective ustulatus, meaning russet-backed; in reference to the broad, russet coloured vertebral zone, characteristic of this taxon."1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.5 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Rock-dwelling. Can be found on rock surfaces in the water-filled gorges of (for example) Karijini National Park.

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