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Skink: Striped

Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:52 pm

Hello,

can anybody identify this Lizzard?

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Unread postby Agama » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:40 pm

Ludwig wrote:Hello,

can anybody identify this Lizzard?


Hallo Ludwig

I will lean 75% towards saying that it is a Striped Skink, Mabuya striata striata. The other 25% chance, according to me, is that it is a immature or female Rainbow Skink. In females the tail colour is blue and in males the tail colous is orange. Although they are more associated with boulders, I have seen them in trees. I'd anyway, put the little money I have on the first ID I gave, because it appears that the tail has roughly the same colour as the body. Regards, Agama

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Unread postby Ludwig » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:22 pm

Thank you Agama,

I will go into detail because this picture because is 16 MB so I can have a close look for the details you described at the RAW-picture.

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Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:42 pm

Welcome Agama! Perhaps you can help with ID for these lizards? I think that they are skinks and I saw them in Kgalagadi in September 2007.

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seen in my kitchen at Urikaruus (living under the fridge :wink:)
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seen along the Auob road

And are they the same sort or two different sorts?
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Unread postby Jeanus » Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:01 am

Arks I am sure that this is a striped skink Mabuya striata. I am just not sure of the sub-species but it looks most like sparsa
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Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:03 am

Thanks, Jeanus, for this suggestion. However, one thing about both these skinks is that they were a solid sort-of chocolate brown, no stripe at all. I've googled a bit on your suggestion(s) and all the pix show the stripe. Is it just that some striped skinks don't actually have a stripe? Or?? Very confusing indeed! :roll:

On further googling I found this page which includes a photo of the western rock skink Mabuya sulcata and I'm thinking that it might be the one? The bronze-brown colour mentioned sounds like what I saw. What do you think?
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Unread postby Agama » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:40 am

arks wrote:Welcome Agama! Perhaps you can help with ID for these lizards? I think that they are skinks and I saw them in Kgalagadi in September 2007.
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And are they the same sort or two different sorts?


Hallo Arks. I consulted with a friend who did a lot of field work on lizards. According to him these are: Trachylepis (old generic name was Mabuya) striata sparsa. That is what I will settle for when looking at the photos. Regards Agama

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Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:24 am

Thanks, Agama. Clearly if you and Jeanus (and your friend) agree on this, it must be a striped skink, but I'm still a bit puzzled that it doesn't show any sort of striping?
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Unread postby Jeanus » Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:39 am

Hi Arks - this is Africa life is not supposed to be simple. The subspecies of striped skink in my area has stripes the one in the area you were in does not - all the better to confuse one and all.

I see from Agam that here is another name change to cofuse me
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:41 pm

arks, i'm not too sure about #1, but i'm almost sure #2 (along the Auob road) is the Karasburg Tree Skink (Trachylepis sparsa).
We saw quite a number of them all over KTP in December, i will post some pics when i have time and then you can compare.
Don't know if you can remember if #1 also had the brown or Redish brown throat like the Karasburg Tree skink?
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Unread postby arks » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:04 am

Very interesting, JB, thanks. I googled a bit and found a couple of pix (one is Johann's :wink:) and while I don't recall the reddish throat and didn't really look and it's not clear in my pix, I do think this is a more likely ID than the earlier one. I also think, looking at the 2nd pic of #1, that it might have that reddish throat. The more I look at the pix, the more I think it likely that they are the same sort of skink. Thank you very much!! 8) Look forward to seeing your pix when you get a chance to post them.
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Common stripied skink

Unread postby darth bangkok » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:53 am

Howzit,

I have some lizard photos from my trip to KNP that I am hoping for some help in identifying.

These, I can really figure out. They were all rather small, except for the last one which you might be able to tell the size from the window next to it.


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Re: ID help needed for lizard

Unread postby SAHGCA-UCT » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:59 pm

Common stripied skink - Trachylepis striata - a speckled one but one none-the-less


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