Will they visit?: Two-toed Earless Skinks are well known to venture into home gardens
Natural Distribution: Widespread and common throughout the South West and Perth region
Two-toed Earless Skink – (CC) Travis W. Reeder. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia License (Atlas of Living Australia)
Two-toed Earless Skink – (CC) Robert Browne-Cooper. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia License (Atlas of Living Australia)
Hemiergis quadrilineata, Two-toed Earless Skink. (C) Sian Mawson
Habitat at a Glance
See Habitat Guide for more detail
Shelter: Fallen logs, thick leaf litter, large rocks, and rockeries
Water: Shallow dish of water
ReWild Benefit: Pest control
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Two-toed Earless Skinks are very adaptable to home gardens. They are inconspicuous, living under thick leaf litter, mulch, and partially buried in soft sands. A Two-toed Earless Skink can give you a fright as they like to hide in the most unexpected places! Lizards often fall prey to cats and dogs, so plenty hiding areas will help bobtails escape and shelter.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Two-toed Earless Skinks eat invertebrates. Planting a variety of native plants in the garden will attract potential prey for lizards. These include flowering shrubs, ground covers, and clumping grasses. Mulch and leaf litter in the garden will provide additional foraging habitat.
Providing sources of water
A shallow water dish with pebbles or small stones will provide a safe place to drink.
They are at risk of falling into frog ponds and drowning. Partly submerge a large rock with a gradual incline at the edge of a pond. This will provide lizards with an easy escape if they fall in.
Two-toed Earless Skinks can help control pests around the home. Controlling pests (such as flies) benefit our neighbourhoods as we work to drive a healthy environment for our community. If you see them in your garden, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!