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Kaestlea travancorica

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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Sauria
Genus  Kaestlea
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Class  Reptilia
Family  Scincidae
Scientific name  Scincella travancorica
Rank  Species
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Similar  Calotes grandisquamis, Barkudia melanosticta, Salea anamallayana, Lygosoma guentheri, Sphenomorphus dussumieri

The Travancore ground skink (Kaestlea travancorica) is a species of skink endemic to southern Western Ghats.

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Description

A medium-sized (3.8 cm), blue-tailed forest skink. Earlier placed in the genus Scincella, it is now included in the genus Kaestlea. It is diurnal and known to feed on insects on the forest floor.

Distribution

Restricted to the Western Ghats, India. Mainly known from Travancore regions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala states. Studies conducted in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve show that this species occurs mainly in high-altitude rain forest habitat at elevations between 1,000 and 1,700 msl.

References

Kaestlea travancorica Wikipedia


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