|African striped skink|
|T. s. striata in Kruger NP, South Africa|
|T. s. wahlbergi at Lusaka, Zambia|
The African striped skink (Trachylepsis striata), commonly called the striped skink, is a lizard in the skink family (Scincidae). The species is widespread in East Africa and southern Africa. It is not a close relation to the Australian striped skink, Ctenotus taeniolatus.
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. Their tails are often missing due to predators.
Range and races
There are two races, the nominate with an eastern, and wahlbergi with a southwesterly distribution:
- Trachylepis striata striata (Peters, 1844) – Eastern striped skink
- Trachylepis striata wahlbergi (Peters, 1869) – Wahlberg’s striped skink
- Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC. Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa, Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2006.
- Hallermann, Jakob; Uetz, Peter. "Trachylepis striata (PETERS, 1844)". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
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