Slink the eastern water skink
Also called golden water skink, or water skink.
Hello water lovers. I'm Slink the eastern water skink, and I have made my home at Calamvale Creek in Brisbane, Australia.
There are not many different types of reptiles around our creek, but Mrs Slink and I became proud parents of nine babies during summer. So you can see we are doing our best to boost the reptile population around here.
How do I live?
I like sun and water, so you might find me anywhere around the creek that has rocks or logs near the water.
I shelter around or under rocks and clumps of grass beside the creek, or under fallen logs or overhanging branches. Sometimes I shelter in holes or burrows, but I especially like basking in the sun or in filtered sunlight.
The importance of rocks
Rocks and other basking sites are important to eastern water skinks. There are always more of us in rocky, open creeks than around creeks with a lot of vegetation and fewer rocks for basking.
One of my favourite basking rocks at Calamvale Creek is also a favourite with the new water dragon babies. In the photo above you can see me (yellow arrow) sharing a rock with one of the young water dragon kids (red arrow).
What do I eat? (And who would eat me?)
I like to eat water beetles and other aquatic insects, small fish, tadpoles, snails, spiders, smaller lizards, and even native fruit.
Our living habits
Eastern water skinks give birth to live babies — we don't lay eggs — so we have to teach our young ones to always stay near cover or have an escape route if any of our predators are around.
One of our defence mechanisms, if we do get attacked, is that we can lose our tail. We let it wriggle, which makes an attacker think it is a lizard or small snake, while we make a run for it to safer ground.
Got to go now!
— Slink the eastern water skink