Recent studies have shown that rather than pulling their limbs close to the body, sandfish move through sand by rotating their legs back and forth in a manner much like the crawl stroke in swimming (3) (6). However, while they are extremely efficient at moving beneath the sand, in the absence of a perceived threat, sandfish prefer to travel on the surface (4).
Although the ear openings are small, these skinks have excellent hearing, which enables them to detect insect prey moving below the surface (4). The eastern sandfish feeds primarily on beetles, but in times of scarcity, insect larvae and plants can form an important component of its diet (7).
The eastern sandfish has a short breeding season, lasting just two months between May and June, and appears to produce just one clutch a year. The timing of the breeding season coincides with the wet season, a factor which is thought likely to contribute to its reproductive success (2)