Swamp Skink/Eastern Mourning Skink (Lissolepus coverntryi)

Who am I?

I'm a relatively small lizard, measuring around 10 centimetres in length. My body is slender, with a long tail that makes up a significant portion of my overall length. My coloration is typically earth-toned, ranging from brown to grey. This helps me blend into my habitat, making me less conspicuous to predators and prey alike. I'm generally shy and elusive, so you might not spot me right away. I tend to stay close to the ground, moving cautiously and quickly to avoid detection.

Where can you find me?

You'll usually find me in wetlands, marshes, and other moist environments. I prefer areas with ample vegetation and access to water, where I can hunt for insects and find shelter among the vegetation. I enjoy basking in the sun to regulate my body temperature. You might see me soaking up the sun’s rays on rocks, logs, or amongst the grass near the water's edge.

Why am I threatened?

Wetlands and marshes are where we thrive, but humans keep changing these places. They're expanding towns, draining the land for agriculture, and polluting our waters. Some pest animal species like feral cats and foxes think we make a tasty snack. Plus, they compete with us for food and space, making life even harder.

Recreational activities, habitat destruction, and just plain old stomping around can stress us out and mess with our habitat.

Get involved now!

If you have heard or seen a Swamp Skink, please report the sighting HERE.

If you know of a suitable property for protecting or improving a wetland site, please contact us HERE.

If you want to join our Landcare group and get involved with on-ground works such as planting, weeding and educational activities, sign up HERE

Thank you for contributing to protecting a local threatened species!


Victorian Conservation Status: Endangered

Australian Conservation Status: Endangered

Key Ecological Vegetation Classes: Swamp Scrub, Coastal Saltmarsh, Estuarine Flats Grassland, Swampy Riparian Woodland, Estuarine Wetland, Estuarine Swamp Scrub.

Key Flora Species: Common Tussock-grass (Poa labillardierei), Rushes (Juncus ssp.), Tall Spikerush (Eleocharis sphacelata), Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Water Ribbon (Cycnogeton procerum), Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca ericifolia), Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus ovata).

Top: Swamp Skink, Wonthaggi, with thanks to Craig Boase. Gallery left and middle by Craig Boase. Right by Dave Newman.