Alpine She-Oak Skink
The Alpine She-Oak Skink's scientific name is Cyclodomorphus praealtus. These Skinks hibernate over winter. The lifespan for a wild one is over five years. When threatened they will act like a snake.
This skink is only found in scattered areas in New South Wales and four places in Victoria. All of which are all above 1500m in altitude! The habitat here is heathland and they live in the tussock grass.
Breeding and Caring For young
Scientsts believe they mature at 2–3 years of age. They mate in late spring to early summer and give birth up to 2–9 young in mid to late summer.
The Alpine She-Oak Skink is classified as Endangered. Like all animals these amazing Reptiles have natural threats like fire and are prayed abon by Hawks. But is man made threats that are making them endangered. They are affected by habitat destruction, being preyed on by Foxes, the trampling and grazing on their habitat by Feral Horses and Cattle. Aswell as this they are very likely to be affected by Climate Change as they live in very cold and alpine areas.
Zoos Victoria are planning on developing captive breeding and husbandry protocols for this Skink species.
How You Can Help
- Don't support habitat destruction in Alpine She-Oak Skink habitat
- Turn off electronics that your not using
- Get Solar Panels
- Put on some warm clothing instead of turning on the heater
- Use your fans instead of the air con
- Next time you need a new washing machine get one that is more energy efficient (more stars)
- Put wet clothes out on the washing line instead of in the dryer
- Open up the curtains or blinds instead of turning on a light during the day
- Instead of turning off or shutting down your commuter just put it to sleep this will use less than 5% of its full power. For other items just turn them off by the power point
- Turn off the lights when you are not using them
Museum of Victoria
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