Coastal Snake-eyed Skink (species: Cryptoblepharus litoralis) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cryptoblepharus litoralis
Coastal Snake-eyed Skink

©coenobita: Cryptoblepharus litoralis on the shore near Cape Tribulation.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Scincidae
Genus Cryptoblepharus
Species Cryptoblepharus litoralis



Distinguishing features

This skink is found among rocks close to the tide-line. It has long limbs for a skink each with five long, thin digits. It is dark with a complex, ragged pattern.


  • Up to 5 cm (snout to vent length, Wilson and Swan, 2010.)
  • Up to 10 cm (estimated overall length)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, S. and G. Swan (2010). A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia: 3rd Edition 558 pp. New Holland Publishers, Australia.

Other references

  • Limpus, C.H. (1982). The reptiles of Lizard Island, Herpetofauna, 13(2): 1-6. LIRS catalog number 73.