Queensland State: Vulnerable
Species and status overview
Endemic to Queensland, the orange-speckled forest-skink is known only from upland rainforest on the Clarke Range above 900m. Their preferred habitat is log or rock piles often near creeks where the sun is able to penetrate the rainforest canopy. They are known to be diurnally active, meaning active, both day and night.
The orange-speckled forest-skink was described by Covacevich and McDonald in 1980 to be the “only skink within it’s genus,” meaning there are no other known ‘similar’ skinks.
They have they been recorded in
- Clarke Range
- Eungella National Park
The orange-speckled forest-skink grows up to 90mm long and can be identified with orange sides and scattered white spots. It is a slender skink with smooth and glossy scales. The skink has a brown body with darker-edging on the scales; a prominent feature is a distinctive black patch above the front limbs.
- Clearing of existing vegetation
- Deterioration of water quality
- Climate change and its long-term effect on habitat.
What can I do?
Avoid clearing near creeks and streams.
Photo credit: Queensland Museum