Reptiles

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over many species of reptiles. Most of these are in the Scinicidae or Skink Family. The open woodland of the Sanctuary makes it an ideal area for terrestrial reptiles. The Sanctuary has been constructing 'lizard lounges' to increase the amount of shelter and basking sites. Rocks and logs, used for landscaping and firewood, are often one of the first things taken from natural areas as urban areas expand. It is amazing how quickly that reptiles find newly constructed 'lizard lounges'; often within hours.

Although no snakes have been sighted within the Sanctuary for many years, we encourage all visitors to remain vigilant. There are regular sightings of snake on the main campus of the university and in the local area, so they aren't far away and could move into the Sanctuary at any time.

Species status*

R - resident, no known breeding; RB - resident, breeding; T - transient; NR - near resident and regular visitor; X - has occurred but now locally extinct

LIZARDS
Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua nigrolutea (RB)Eastern Three-lined Skink, Bassiana duperreyi (RB)Marbled Gecko, Christinus marmoratus (RB)
Bougainville's Skink, Lerista bougainvillii (R)Garden Skink, Lampropholis guichenoti (RB)Jacky LizardAmphibolurus muricatus (X)
Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua scincoides (RB)Glossy Grass Skink, Pseudemoia rawlinsoni (X)Tussock Skink, Pseudemoia pagenstecheri (X)
Cunningham's Skink, Egernia cunninghami (X)Lace Goanna, Varanus varius (X)Eastern Water SkinkEulamprus quoyii (RB)
Delicate Skink, Lampropholis delicata (R)Large Striped Skink, Ctenotus robustus (X)Weasel Skink, Saproscincus mustelinus (X)
White's Skink,   Egernia whitii (R)--
SNAKES
Eastern Brown Snake, Pseudonaja textilis (X)Eastern Small-eyed Snake, Rhinoplocephalus nigrescens (X)Little Whip Snake, Suta flagellum (X)
Lowland Copperhead, Austrelaps superbus (X)Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus (X)Tiger Snake, Notechis scutatus (X) 
TURTLES
Eastern Long-necked Turtle, Chelodina longicollis (RB)

*Taken from La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary Management Plan 2014 by Biosis

Scientific nomenclature is constantly changing! Names were accurate at the time of putting this together. We recommend cross checking names with Atlas of Living Australia.