The specific name refers to 'not readily visible', in reference to their cryptic behaviour.
Two unusual forms of the cryptic skink are known.
A medium sized skink (up to 75 mm SVL, Jewell 2008). Dorsal surface reddish-brown, chestnut-brown to very dark brown, sometimes with mid-dorsal stripe that may be either continuous or broken, but breaks up on tail. Dorsolateral stripe, dark brown, also continuous or broken. Lateral surfaces with broad dark brown stripe above, bordered by thin, pale stripes. often serrated; and below this stripe, light grey lower laterals, usually flecked with black. Flecking on dorsal and lateral sides may be prominent, black and/or pale in colour, or absent. Throat grey, often with yellow patch and/or flecked with black. Ventral surface grey-brown to vivid yellow, usually uniform, but may be flecked (Jewell 2008).
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