Rainbow Skink, Schmeltz’s
Snout Vent Length – 69mm
Found throughout north –eastern Australia from Cape York to northern NSW.
This is the largest of the rainbow skinks in this region and prefers more open and drier forested areas than the Blue-throated Rainbow Skink although they can both occur together in the same habitat.
Rainbow skinks can be recognised by their bright colouration when breeding and by the iridescent appearance of their scales in the sunlight. They are usually seen actively foraging for insects on the forest floor.
For a detailed description of this species please refer to A Field Guide to Reptiles of Queensland by Steve K. Wilson
|Photo 1 from Goorganga by Graham Armstrong: Photo 2 from Brampton Island by Graham Armstrong; Photo 3 from Strathdickie by Mark Hutchinson