Three-toed Snake-tooth Skink (Coeranoscincus reticulatus)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, definable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

South Eastern Queensland
NSW North Coast

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

26% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Liaise with landholders on property adjacent to forested habitat and reserved land to raise awareness and reduce the prevalence of deliberate burning (e.g. hazard reduction) that is likely to spread into areas of habitat. Promote the maintenance of low fuel loads in areas bordering known habitat. Area
Negotiate agreements with landholders managing known habitat, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote strategic grazing that maintains the structure and function of the ground layer (i.e. retains leaf litter and fallen debris). Some strategic grazing is sustainable during dry periods in order to reduce fuel loads. Site
Raise awareness among private and commercial firewood collectors and landholders allowing firewood collection, of the importance of retaining woody debris, including large fallen logs, particularly in areas of known habitat. Area
Liaise with Forestry Corporation of NSW to identify important areas of skink habitat within state forests and ensure that operational staff are aware of the importance of not piling and burning logging waste in these areas, and generally minimising disturbance to the ground layer where possible. Site
Monitor pig activity and the impact of pigs on the species' habitat (e.g. disturbance of ground layer). Implement control via cage trapping and/or poison ground-baiting, as necessary. Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species. Currently, 1 management site has been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Border Ranges Priority Management SiteProposed Kyogle, Tweed 

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.