Found in southern Australian desert, grasslands, or sandy dunes, this skink is ground-dwelling and diurnal (active during the daytime).


This omnivore’s diet in the wild consists of insects, spiders, snails, carrion, fruit, flowers, and berries.


The overlapping scales on this species’ back, sides, and tail gave rise to the names “shingleback.” Colors range from grayish brown to black and some have lighter blotches. Its body is thick, usually from 12 to 18 inches long, and quite flat with a short stubby tail. This is where the skink keeps its emergency fat reserves.