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Noble snake-eyed skink

noble snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus exochus)
Point Spring, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
Cryptoblepharus exochus - Horner, 2007
Pronunciation  KRIP-toe-BLEFF-ah-russ  
Etymology  Cryptoblepharus: 'hidden eyelid', referring to the fused eyelids.
exochus: from the Latin adjective exochus, meaning 'standing out' or 'eminent'; in reference to the distinctiveness of this taxon in comparison to closely related congeners.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 border region of far north-western Northern Territory and far north-eastern Western Australia.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Western Australia


"All specimens have been taken from the trunks and branches of gutta-percha Excoecaria parvifolia, growing on the cracking blacksoil plains of the Victoria Bonaparte bioregion".1
"...if threatened and prevented from climbing, commonly jumps from tree trunks and seeks refuge in nearby deep, earth cracks."1

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