Cunningham’s Skink is a large member of the skink family, up to 40cm in length, variable in colour but generally reddish with spots or blotches being common variants. They have knobbly or “keeled” scales, and are found throughout South Eastern Australia along watercourses in rocky outcrops.
Egernia cunninghami are shy creatures that are sometimes seen basking in the sunlight on rocks. They live in the cracks and crevices and use their keeled scales to escape predators by puffing themselves up and wedging themselves into the rocks.
The skinks (adult and young), in this photo captured by our guitarist, were seen by the Kororoit Creek near Albion, Victoria, in one of the remnant vegetation areas.
Their presence emphasises the importance of remnant vegetation areas as habitat for a whole range of plants and animals.
Cunningham’s Skinks are omnivorous and eat a variety of plants, fungi and insects, so one has to assume that the remnant areas abound in these foods.
Clarke Road Stream Side Reserve is a six hectare area of remnant native grassland bisected by Kororoit Creek in Caroline Springs.
Louise Nicholas has written a blog post about her observations of the reserve which is threatened by urban development in the surrounding area.
The Legless Lizards will be performing near the Westpac Bank in Hampshire Road to support The Friends of Kororoit Creek “Taking it to the Streets 2016” clean up event on Sunday to help promote this initiative which gives our main street a tidy up and to prevent litter from going down the drains and into the creek!
The FOCK will supply bags, gloves and pick up tools to anyone who wants to turn up and help keep Sunshine tidy.
Meet at Westpac Bank on Hampshire Road, Sunshine.
Address: 311 Hampshire Road, Sunshine Vic 3020
Date: Sunday 20th November, 2016
Contact: Jodie Williams, 0402 097 028 or email@example.com
“The method: Starting with packets of local soil with nutritious fungi, we sprinkled thousands of diuris seeds and a little water into the mix. Squishing the slop into ‘mud pies’ and splattering them into the turf with a spatula was the fun bit.” Read More.
Interesting article from Ben Courtice on our most threatened eco-system – you’re living in it!