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Corangamite Water Skink (Eulamprus tympanum marnieae)

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OUR CONSERVATION STATUS
  • National: Endangered
  • State: Threatened (VIC)
HOW MANY OF US ARE THERE?

Population unknown

WHERE DO WE LIVE?

Corangamite Water Skinks is confined to the Dreeite region of south-western Victoria, near Lakes Bolac, Colac and Corangamite. The current distribution includes 29 sites, representing up to 11 different populations. 

OUR HABITAT

The preferred habitat is a geographically peculiar landform comprising basalt ridges and boulder heaps resulting from the collapse of lava tunnels. Skinks occur at localities with high shrub density, high cover of Stinging Nettle, short distances to vegetation cover, large rock aggregations, rock fissures, and permanent freshwater bodies.

Found in grassy open woodland and cleared pastures dotted with ephemeral swamps and lakes, on rocky basaltic soils. Within these areas, the lizards inhabit rocky mounds or "stony rises", sheltering in rock crevices and man-made drystone walls. Deep rock crevices may provide moist and cover during the dry summer.

DID YOU KNOW?

An olive-brown reptile growing to 80mm with head variegated with black and scattered black scales on the back, a broad, dark upper side zone from below the eye to the base of the tail, scattered small white/cream spots, whitish lower flanks with scattered black scales, white belly, limbs variegated with black and throat spotted with black.

Diet is mainly invertebrates such as spiders, beetles and ants, as well as aquatic prey including mayfly and dragonfly nymphs. It also consumes the fruit of the Tree Violet, which may be an important component of the diet during some periods.

Like its relatives, this skink is active by day, often seen perching on a rockpile or fence. Unlike other water skinks, this subspecies is extremely shy, fleeing to cover even when a human observer is tens of metres away, and rarely comes into open view while being watched.

FAMILY LIFE

At two to three years of age female Corangamite Water Skinks are capable of producing one clutch of 2–7 live young per year around December. 

THREATS TO OUR SURVIVAL
  • Land clearing and habitat fragmentation
  • Removal of bush rocks
  • Predation from foxes and cats
  • Alteration of hydrological regimes and reduced water quality


Corangamite Water Skinks love & need:

Melicytus

Found in South Australia in the lower Flinders Ranges and across the Mount Lofty Ranges. A small population occurs around Naracoorte. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. A dense branching shrub to 2m tall with few succulent lance-shaped leaves and long spines. Flowers are small and yellow, appearing in winter and spring. Its fruit is a deep blue, round and fleshy up to 20 mm long. READ MORE

Leucopogon

Leucopogonis a genus of about 150-160 species of shrubby flowering plants. Leucopogons are erect densely branched shrub, seldom more that 1m high, with narrow pungent-pointed leaves 3.7–8mm long. The white flowers are pendent-like, tubular, 4–5mm long, hairy inside tube and are borne singly but abundantly along ends of branches. The fruit is a ridged and hairless rounded drupe. READ MORE

Baeckea

Baeckeais a genus of flowering plants of about 75 species, of which 70 are endemic to Australia. Baeckea is widespread along the coast and tablelands of south-eastern Australia. Two species occur in Western Australia, both in the cool, high-rainfall areas near Albany, in heathy swamps. Greatest species diversity is reached on the Central Coast and Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Two species (B. gunniana and B. utilis) extend to alpine communities, above 2000 metres altitude, near Mt Kosciusko. READ MORE