Cunningham’s Skink

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Cunningham’s Skink (Egernia cunninghami) is a large species of skink in southeastern Australia inhabiting rock outcrops interspersed in woodland areas. Keeled scales armor the skink’s dorsum and spiny tail, making it almost impossible to extract them from crevices they wedge themselves into. Like other skinks in the genus Egernia, Cunningham’s skinks live in social groups with relatively stable mating pairs over several breeding seasons. Despite a high degree of relatedness in family groups, breeding pairs exhibit inbreeding avoidance with a lower degree of relatedness in comparison to potential mates.

All animals in this post photographed in situ [1] unless otherwise stated

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Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)
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Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
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Bull ant (Myrmecia sp.); photographed after pursuit [3]
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Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
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