Getting Personal With Skinks


3, 5 & 7

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Researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney are delving into the private lives of skinks to understand why animals bond together.

Find out how researchers are learning about social groups in animals, particularly skinks, in this resource for Biology students in Years 3, 5 and 7.

Video Length: 4:55 mins

Reptiles are not usually considered the friendliest of animals, nor are they generally considered “social” animals in the same way mammals and insects are. But recent research is showing us that we have underestimated our cold-blooded companions, and that lizards can form complex social networks.

Julia Riley, an ecologist from Macquarie University, is using DNA to examine whether Australian tree skinks (Egernia striolata) form family groups, and how they can benefit from bonding together.

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Years: 3, 5, 7


Biological Sciences – Ecosystems, Living Things

Additional – Careers, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence and Ecosystems, Form and Function, Diversity and Evolution


3, 5 & 7