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Skink: Rainbow (Five-lined)

Unread postby francoisd » Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:34 am

Rainbow or Five-lined Skink photographed at N’wanetis picnic spot close to the look-out

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Juvenile or sub-adult male
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Coloration is varied, depending on sex and age. Juvenih subadult males are dark olive-brown to black above, with three distinu bluish-white stripes that are brilliant electric-blue on the tail. Adult females retain this coloration, although the stripe may become subdil1 and faint. Adult males become buffy-olive to olive-brown above, each scale bearing a pearly white spot. The pale stripes become indistinct. The tail changes from yellowish. to orange-brown, and the belly is ere, white

It is territorial; the status of the large breeding males, which become sexually mature in 15-18 months, is displayed by their different colours. They do not attack young males or females that retain the juvenile colour pattern.

Info taken from: Field guide to snakes and other reptiles of southern Africa, by Bill Branch

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Skink, Rainbow

Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:50 pm

Previously I thought this was a Dwarf Plated Lizard but Jens corrected me :clap:

Rainbow (Five-lined) Skink
Lampropholis delicata

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Size: 8,5-11cm
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Food: Insects
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Unread postby Batmad » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:56 pm

awsome topic candys style!!!!

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Unread postby Jens » Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:26 pm

Hi Candy's Style!

Please be advised that if you took the Lizard photos in Kruger the ID is Incorrect. The Dwarf Plated Lizard does not occur in the Kruger National Park.

It looks more like a sub adult or adult female Rainbow Skink (Trachylepis margaritifer). The adult males look totally different. Immature males resemble females to avoid fights with teritorial adult males.

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:29 pm

Jens wrote:...The Dwarf Plated Lizard does not occur in the Kruger National Park.

It looks more like a sub adult or adult female Rainbow Skink (Trachylepis margaritifer). The adult males look totally different. Immature males resemble females to avoid fights with teritorial adult males.

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:lol: I thought so! After I couldn't find a Rainbow Skink I thought it was a name my family made up :redface:
Thank you for correcting me, very interesting! :clap:
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Re: Rainbow (Five-lined) Skink

Unread postby sheldogz23 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:54 pm

saw this beaut at nkhulu picnic site in may
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Re: Rainbow (Five-lined) Skink

Unread postby Mant » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:36 am

Hi,

I saw this Skink in front of the Berg - en -dal Reception in May.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture :(

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Rainbow 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

Rainbow skink: Trachylepis margaritifer - female - looks too well built for a juv male. Unlike in the flat lizards and tree agama where the males are electric blue - the males of the rainbow skinks are orange and the females are the blue ones...

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Rainbow skink

Unread postby charbel » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:58 am

Dear friends,
Two lizards seen in the Masorini Heritage Site, in Jan 10th 2011. I identified the first as: Common Flat Lizard, male (Platysaurus intermedius). And the second as Dwarf Plated Lizard (Cordylosaurus subtessellatus).

I'd like to ask for your help to confirm.

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Rainbow skink

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:01 pm

Charbel, the "dwarf plated lizard" you photographed is actually a female or non-dominant rainbow skink (Trachylepis margaritifer). The males are bright green and orange, and the females and juveniles have bright blue tails.
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Unread postby Gilbertr14 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:39 pm

Hello All

Can anyone help me id the chaps? Many Thanks. All at Skukuza, and on the H1-1.

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Re: Identification help: Lizard

Unread postby BushSnake » Fri May 03, 2013 12:23 pm

The first is a female or young male rainbow skink (Trachylepis margaritifer)
Second is a male rainbow skink (Trachylepis margaritifer)
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