Bridled mabuya

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Bridled mabuya
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Trachylepis
Species: T. vittata
Binomial name
Trachylepis vittata
(Olivier, 1804)
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Eutropis vittata
Mabuya vittata

The bridled mabuya or bridled skink (Trachylepis vittata) is a species of skinks found in North Africa and Middle East. The length of those skinks is up to 22 cm.

The binomial name of this species has seen multiple updates in early 2000. The current binomial name Trachylepis vittata was defined by Bauer in 2003, previously it was known as Mabuya vittata and for short period as Eutropis vittata. The reason for those changes is an attempt to divide the vast genus Mabuya in a few smaller genera.

The Bridled Mabuya lives in open sandy or stony soil with little grass or bushy vegetation. It is usually found near water; in Egypt in the Wetlands and near oases in Tunisia. It can grow up to 22 centimeters long and has a smooth, shiny, body with overlapping scales. Their heads are cone shaped and they have elongated bodies and a tapering tail that is easily broken but can be regenerated.

The Bridled Mabuya feeds primarily on insects and other arthropods.