Due to their timid nature and quick reflexes, you may only ever see them dashing for cover as you approach.
The Eastern Water Skink is one of the larger skinks and can grow up to 30 cm long. Its coppery olive and golden-brown body is flecked with black, making it a master of camouflage.
You will most often see them sunning themselves on rocks or logs, but as they are prey for many birds, they will disappear like lightning if they sense any threats.
If you want to take a closer look at skinks in the reserve, find a comfortable spot in the shade on a warm day to sit quietly where you usually see skinks darting for cover and they should eventually emerge.
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Bob Campbell Oval, or Gore Creek Reserve, is a little slice of heaven on Sydney Harbour. It sits at the bottom of a creek that winds up through Lane Cove and is one of the last remaining natural creeks on the harbour.