Trachylepis striata

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African Striped Skink
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Pictured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Trachylepis
Species: T. striata
Binomial name
Trachylepis striata
(Peters, 1844)
Synonyms

Mabuya striata
Euprepes striata

The African Striped Skink (Trachylepsis striata), commonly called the Striped Skink, is a lizard in the skink family (Scincidae). The species is widespread in southern Africa, including extreme southern Angola and Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and parts of central and eastern South Africa.

It is not a close relation to the Australian Striped Skink, Ctenotus taeniolatus.

Description[edit]

T. striata without a tail

This skink is brown or bronze coloured with two yellowish stripes that run lengthwise on either side of the spine. Both sexes grow to a length of 25 cm.[1] Their tails are often missing due to predators.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC. Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa, Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2006.