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Mochlus sundevallii sundevallii, Sundevall's Writhing Skink, photographed in the Soutpansberg, Limpopo, South Africa..jpg
Sundevall's writhing skink in the Soutpansberg, South Africa.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Mochlus
Günther, 1864

Mochlus is a genus of skinks, lizards in the family Scincidae. The genus is endemic to Africa.


Skinks of the genus Mochlus are cylindrical in shape and robust. They get the common name "writhing skinks" from the side-to-side movement that they make when held in the hand.[1]


Skinks in the genus Mochlus feed on insects and millipedes.[1]


The following 13 species are recognized as being valid.[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Mochlus.


  1. ^ a b Alexander, Graham; Marais, Johan (2008). A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik Publishers. 408 pp. ISBN 978-1-77007-386-9. ("Writhing Skinks", pp. 247-248).
  2. ^ "Mochlus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

Günther A (1864). "Report on a Collection of Reptiles and Fishes made by Dr. Kirk in the Zambesi and Nyassa Regions". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 303-314. (Mochlus, new genus, p. 308).