Land mullet

Egernia major

Native to Australia the Land mullet can be up to 60 cm in length. It can be found in or near the rainforests of coastal eastern Australia from Gosford, New South Wales north to south-eastern Queensland where it shelters in hollow logs or burrows. It is a shy skink, disappearing noisily into or under cover if disturbed. It eats new leaves, flowers, berries, seeds and fungi, grasshoppers, beetles and other insects are also consumed.

Land mullets are solitary and only come together in late summer to mate. About three months later the female give birth to 4-9 live young that are independent at birth.