West Coast CtenotusScientific name: Ctenotus fallens

Meaning of name: Ctenotus is from the Greek words cten-, meaning comb, and ot-, meaning ear. Fallens is Latin for deceiving. It refers to C fallens being mistaken for C australis.

Distribution: This species is found along the west coast from around Shark Bay to Mandurah.

Description: Ctenotus fallens and Ctenotus australis are very similar. Ctenotus fallens has a body length of around 95mm long. The tail can be up to 2.5 times the length of the body. The background colour is greyish-brown. There are whitish stripes, dashes, spots and blotches on the body and tail. Ctenotus fallens has four narrow white stripes on the back. Ctenotus australis has six.

Notes: Shelters in burrows beneath shrubs, rocks or rubbish.

References: Field Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region. Brian Bush, Brad Maryan, Robert Browne-Cooper, David Robinson. 2010

Lizards of Western Australia I Skinks. GM Storr, LA Smith, RE Johnstone. 1999