Full List of Reptiles of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

East Gippsland, Victoria has 50 native extant (living) reptile species.  They represent 8 families in 1 order.  East Gippsland comprises only 0.3% of Australia’s total area, but is home to over 5% of her reptiles.  Most of the major types of Australian reptiles are present in this region: 3 dragons, 1 python, 1 side-necked tortoise, 1 marine turtle, 11 front-fanged snakes, 1 legless lizard, 30 skinks and 2 monitors.

Read more about why East Gippsland is such a hotspot for reptiles here.

Conservation Status in Victoria is noted beside each threatened species thus: CR: Critically Endangered EN: Endangered VU: Vulnerable NT: Near Threatened DD: Data Deficient

Jacky Dragon Amphibolus muricatus on fence post, Orbost East Gippsland
Jacky Lizard basking at Orbost, East Gippsland

REPTILES Order Reptilia

Family: Agamidae Dragon lizards (3 out of 70 species in Australia)

Amphibolurus muricatus Jacky Lizard

Physignathus lesueurii howittii Gippsland Water Dragon

Rankinia diemensis Mountain Heath Dragon


Family: Boidae Pythons (1 out of 14 species in Australia)

Morelia spilota Diamond Python EN


Family: Chelidae Side-necked Tortoises (1 out of 26 species in Australia)

Chelodina longicollis Long-necked Turtle DD


Family: Dermochelyidae Marine Turtles

Dermochelys coriacea Leathery Turtle Leatherback Turtle CR


Family: Elapidae Front fang snakes (10 out of 90 species in Australia)

Acanthophis antarcticus Common Death Adder

Austrelaps ramsayi Highland Copperhead

Austrelaps superbus Lowland Copperhead

Cryptophis nigrescens Eastern Small-eyed Snake

Drysdalia coronoides White-lipped Snake

Notechis scutatus Tiger Snake

Pseudechis porphyriacus Red-bellied Black Snake

Pseudonaja nuchalis Gwardar

Pseudonaja textilis Eastern Brown Snake

Suta suta Curl Snake

Hydrophis platurus Yellow-bellied Sea Snake


Family: Pygopodidae Legless lizards (1 out of 38 species in Australia)

Pygopus lepidopodus Common Scaly-foot


Family: Scincidae Skinks (30 out of 393 species in Australia)

Acritoscincus duperreyi Eastern Three-lined Skink

Acritoscincus platynotum Red-throated Skink

Ctenotus taeniolatus Copper-tailed Comb-eared Skink

Ctenotus taeniolatus Buchan East Gippsland
Copper-tailed Skink Ctenotus taeniolatus at Buchan, East Gippsland

Cyclodomorphus casuarinae She-oak skink

Cyclodomorphus michaeli Mainland She-oak Skink  NT

Cyclodomorphus praealtus Alpine She-oak Skink

Egernia cunninghami Cunninghams Rock Skink

Egernia saxatilis Black Rock Skink

Skink on rock facing viewer
Black Rock Skink at Mallacoota, East Gippsland

Eulamprus heatwolei Heatwoles Water Skink

Eulamprus kosciuskoi Alpine Water Skink  CR

Eulamprus quoyii Eastern Water Skink

Eulamprus tympanum Highland Water Skink

Hemiergis decresiensis Three-toed Earless-skink

Lampropholis delicata Garden Sun-skink

Lampropholis guichenoti Guichenots Sun-skink

Lerista bougainvillii Bougainvilles Slider

Liopholis whitii White’s Skink

Lissolepis coventryi Eastern Mourning Skink/Swamp Skink VU

Menetia greyii Common Dwarf-skink

Nannoscincus maccoyi McCoy’s Skink

Niveoscincus coventryi Snow-skink

Pseudemoia cryodroma Grass Skink EN

Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii Southern Grass Skink

Pseudemoia pagenstecheri Tussock Skink VU

Pseudemoia rawlinsoni Glossy Grass Skink

Pseudemoia spenceri Spencers Grass Skink

Saproscincus mustelinus Weasel Skink

Tiliqua nigrolutea Blotched-Blue-Tongued Lizard

Tiliqua rugosus Shingleback

Tiliqua scincoides Eastern-Blue-Tongued Lizard

Bluetongue lizard with tongue out in East Gippsland
Eastern Bluetongue at Orbost, East Gippsland


Family: Varanidae Monitors (2 out of 26 species in Australia)

Varanus gouldii Sand Monitor

Varanus varius Lace Monitor EN

Lace Monitor with tongue out, East Gippsland
Goanna (Lace Monitor) with tongue out, Cape Conran East Gippsland



This list has been compiled from:
Atlas of Living Australia:  http://www.ala.org.au
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities: https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/pages/4ca9be05-f0b4-45d3-b5c6-487cfd96c4ca/files/species-vic-east-gippsland.pdf
and the Land Conservation Council East Gippsland Area Review 1985
If any reptiles are missing, please contact janine@echidnawalkabout.com.au

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