Burgan skink, Oligosoma burganae.

Image: Geoff Patterson | Creative Commons

Introduction

Whole populations of this threatened skink have been lost since the 1980s.

Highlights

Population: Unknown but probably only two viable populations persist
National status: Endemic
Threat status: Threatened–Nationally Critical

Burgan skink conservation

The Burgan skink (Oligosoma burganae) was discovered in the 1980s. More genetic work had to be done before it was recognised as a separate species.

The threat status of Burgan skinks deteriorated to Nationally Critical in 2015 because of rapid decline rates. Whole populations had been lost since the 1980s, and it is believed that only two populations persist. 

Likely causes of decline are poorly understood, but probably include factors such as:

  • mice being a significant predator (rats, mustelids, and cats will also be preying upon skinks)
  • loss of shrubland habitat from grazing and subsequent weed encroachment
  • displacement and competition with other lizards as the habitat changes

You can help

Report all lizards sightings to the local DOC office. Any records of lizards are important and help build our understanding of lizard distribution. Significant discoveries are often made by following up observations from locals.

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