Farewell three-toed skink…etc

Forty-nine species of flora and fauna have been newly judged to be at high risk of extinction in Australia.

This is 20% more than the additions made in 2015.

The species have been added to a list of endangered species under the country’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. By being placed on this list the species gets extra protection under Australia’s environmental laws.

The new entries include the broad-toothed rat, the ghost bat, the swift parrot, the three-toed snake-tooth skink, the greater glider, and several varieties of wallaby.

Three-toed snake-tooth skinks are large burrowing lizards up to 23 centimetres long, with a thick, long tails, four stubby legs, each with three clawed toes, and has long, curved teeth.

The greater glider can glide up to 100 metres and change direction up to 90 degrees as well. They are known to use a large number of hollows within the home range, and they can use between 2-18 different hollows.” (Image:

Among the animals birds and plants new to the list are:

  • Hinged Dragon Orchid
  • Copper Beard Orchid
  • Greater Sand Plover
  • Lesser Sand Plover
  • Amsterdam Albatross
  • Gibson’s Albatross
  • Northern Royal Albatross
  • Northern Siberian Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Eltham Copper Butterfly
  • Norfolk Island Robin
  • Port Lincoln Speedwell


Picture source: Bernard Dupont via Wikimedia Commons