Cunningham skinks.....

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
These are interesting lizards...although they stay together in groups, sometimes one is cast out of the group. I was given some "outcasts" quite a few years ago to study...unfortunately I didn't have enough of them to figure anything out....
"Female Cunningham's skinks produce between 4 and 6 live young in late summer. These will usually hang around the parents for several years forming quite close family groups"...
http://www.reptilepark.com.au/animalprofile.asp?pid=35&id=75

"E. cunninghami maintained outbreeding in the face of increased accumulation of relatives"...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14717898

"adults frequently attacked unrelated juveniles but not their own offspring"...
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W9W-4DXB91Y-1&_user=10&_coverDate=12/31/2004&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=6ca05a86efe2835c72ecea5f8f311381&searchtype=a
 

fluxlizard

New Member
Many skinks are similar.

Our five lined skinks native to my area will guard their eggs and babies. It is very common to flip a board and find a mother with her eggs or babies. Corucia definately have parental interest in theirs- I saw it when I used to keep and breed them. Saw babies on parents while parents were crawling and saw a parent nose a baby toward the food bowl.

Skinks as a group are definately the best parents in the lizard world...
 
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