Skinks are the most diverse group and the largest family of lizards in Australia and the world.
There are more than 370 species recognised in Australia. They make up about half of all Australian lizard species.
Skinks generally have glossy scales, small legs, and enlarged head shields. One notable skink genus is blue-tongued skinks which not only have a blue tongue, but have some of the largest skink species in the world. Skinks include egg layers and live bearers.
This family contains many very similar species that can be extremely difficult to identify.