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Short-limbed snake-skink

short-limbed snake-skink (Ophioscincus truncatus)
Lamington Plateau, Queensland
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Ophioscincus truncatus - (Peters, 1876)
Pronunciation  OH-fee-oh-SKIN-kuss   trun-CAH-tuss
Etymology  Ophioscincus: 'snake skink'.
truncatus: 'truncated' or 'cut off', referring to the teeny-weeny limbs.
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 8 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


South-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales, north to about Conondale Ranges.
Ophioscincus truncatus truncatus - islands in Moreton Bay; including Peel, Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands.
Ophioscincus truncatus monswilsonensis - mainland

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland


Ophioscincus truncatus truncatus - woodlands and heaths.
Ophioscincus truncatus monswilsonensis - mainland, mountain rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests.

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