Eutropis macularia

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Eutropis macularia
Eutropis macularia (bronze grass skink) on a tree trunk.jpg
on a tree trunk, in Laos
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Eutropis
E. macularia
Binomial name
Eutropis macularia
(Blyth, 1853)

Mabuya macularia (Blyth, 1853)

The bronze grass skink or bronze mabuya (Eutropis macularia) is a species of skink found in South and Southeast Asia.[1] (Bengali names: তামাটে অঞ্জন, ব্রোঞ্জ অঞ্জন, আরজিনা, আঞ্জন, আঞ্চন, আনজিলা, আঁচিলা).


Physical structure: Body cylindrical, dorsal scales with 5-8 keels, ventral scales smooth; 28-30 scales round the body. A pair of dorso-lateral bands starts from above the eye till the base of the tail. As with other Eutropis species the scales are keeled.[2]

Color pattern: Deep-brown, olive or bronze-brown in color; dorso-lateral bands light or yellow; sometimes with black spots on the base of the tail. Breeding males have orange color on the lateral side of the body. Juveniles are grey with a bronze head.[2]

Length: Maximum: 23 cm, common: 16 cm (SVL 7 cm).[3]


This skink is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia (northwestern), Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Vietnam. Type locality is Rangpur, Bengal [Bangladesh].[1]

Impact on humans & ecology[edit]

No known human uses. Plays a role in ecosystem by eating various types of insects and otherwise.

Threat to humans[edit]

Non-venomous and harmless to humans. May bite when handled, but is not dangerous.

IUCN threat status[edit]

Not Evaluated (NE).

Interesting notes[edit]

Can break off its own tail when grabbed by predators; the tail regenerative and will grow back over time.



  1. ^ a b Eutropis macularia at the Reptile Database. Accessed 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eutropis macularia (Blyth, 1853)". Reptiles of Madhya Pradesh. Snake Research Organization Ujjain. 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Speckled Forest Skink". Ecology Asia. 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Annandale, N. 1909 Rec. Ind. Mus. 3: 257
  • Blanford, W.T. 1879 Notes on a collection of reptiles and frogs from the neighbourhood of Ellore and Dumagudem. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal xlviii: 109-116
  • Blyth, E. 1854 Notices and descriptions of various reptiles, new or little-known. Part I. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 22 [1853]: 639-655
  • Das I. 1991 A new species of Mabuya from Tamil Nadu State, Southern India (Squamata: Scincidae). Journal of Herpetology 25 (3): 342-344.
  • Mausfeld, P.; Vences, M. Schmitz, A. & Veith, M. 2000 First data on the molecular phylogeography of scincid lizards of the genus Mabuya. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 17 (1): 11-14