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Arafura snake-eyed skink

Arafura snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus gurrmul)
Templar Island, Northern Territory
Photo © Lindley McKay
Cryptoblepharus gurrmul - Horner, 2007
Pronunciation  KRIP-toe-BLEFF-ah-russ  
Etymology  Cryptoblepharus: 'hidden eyelid', referring to the fused eyelids.
gurrmul: "From the Margu Aboriginal language, 'Gurrmul' being the name given to New Year island, the type locality. Used as a noun in apposition."1
Other names  Cryptoblepharus litoralis
Cryptoblepharus horneri
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.5 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Oxley, New Year and North Goulburn Islands off the north-east Arnhem Land coast, Arafura Sea, Northern Territory.1

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


Rocky coastline shores.

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