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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Nessia
Gray, 1839

Nessia is a genus of skinks, lizards in the family Scincidae. The genus is endemic to Sri Lanka.[1] Species in the genus Nessia are commonly known as snake skinks.


The following nine species are recognized as being valid:[1]

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


  1. ^ a b Nessia at the Reptile Database. Accessed 20 February 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE (1839). "Catalogue of the Slender-tongued Saurians, with Descriptions of many new Genera and Species". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., First Series 2: 331–337. (Nessia, new genus, p. 336).
  • Smith MA (1935). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. II.—Sauria. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 440 pp. + Plate I + 2 maps. (Genus Nessia, pp. 356–357; Nessia bipes, nomen novum, p. 359).
  • Taylor EH (1950). "Ceylonese Lizards of the Family Scincidae". Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (2): 481–518. (Genus Nessia, pp. 508–509; Nessia deraniyagalai, new species, pp. 516–518, Figures 8A, 8B).
  • Batuwita, Sudesh; Udeni Edirisinghe 2017. Nessia gansi: a Second Three-toed Snake-Skink (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka with the Designation of a Neotype for Nessia burtonii Gray Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle «Grigore Antipa» 60 (1): 377–388