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Gidgee skink

Egernia stokesii

The Gidgee skink is a shy spiny-tailed Australian lizard. It lives in large groups which makes it easier for the group to spot the approach of predators such as dingoes, cats, foxes and snakes.

If a predator is seen, the skink will hide in a hollow tree or between rocks. If the attacker is persistent, the skink will inhale air and blow itself up wedging itself into its hiding place. Its spiny tail also makes it difficult for the predator to pull the skink out. Acacia trees in Australia are known as Gidgee trees where lots of these skinks are found. Its body length can be up to 195 millimetres.

This species can be viewed in the zoo’s Reptile House.

IUCN Status

The IUCN status of the Gidgee skink is least concern.

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  Fun fact Can make its body swell up to wedge itself between rocks when under threat.

Animal class


Conservation status

Not yet assessed however habitat destruction is an increasing threat


Woodland – found in shrubland and open woodland in semi-arid Australia




Omnivore – easts mostly fruit and leaves but will also eat small invertebrates