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YELLOW-BELLIED WATER SKINK
or Warm Temperate Alpine Water Skink

Eulamprus heatwolei
(Status uncertain - may be split into multiple species)

Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei with a regrown tail, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT. Notice the spots on its back.
Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
This Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei with a regrown tail was photographed at Strathalbyn SA. Notice the lack of spots on its back.
Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
This Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei with a complete tail was photographed in the Blue Mountains NSW where they are extremely common. Notice the large numbers of spots on its back.

Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei showing some yellow coloration, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT

Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei, photographed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT

Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
Adult male Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei from Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia note that the stripes above the eye break up as they extend along the body.
Note also that the spots on its back are indistinct.

Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei
Juvenile Yellow-bellied Water Skink Eulamprus heatwolei from from Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

This species is often mistaken for an Eastern (Common Water Skink) Eulamprus quoyii which it will hybridise with in captivity.

The males of this species tend to be more colorful than the females.

Found in South Eastern Australia (New South Wales and Victoria) and on Fleurieu Peninsula (South of Adelaide)

Note that this species may actually consist of more than one species, and may be split in the future.

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Eulamprus heatwolei may be confused with the following similar looking species:-

COMMON NAME (INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME (EXTERNAL LINK)

DISTRIBUTION

Alpine Water Skink

Eulamprus kosciuskoi

NSW, ACT, Vic

Eastern (Common) Water Skink

Eulamprus quoyii

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Southern Water-skink or
Cool-temperate Water-skink

Eulamprus tympanum tympanum

NSW, SA, Vic

Corangamite Water Skink or
Dreeite Water Skink

Eulamprus tympanum marnieae

Vic

LINKS OF INTEREST

Complete list of Australian Skinks

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in South Australia

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in the ACT

More information about Australian Skinks

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

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