Scientific name Trachylepis striata
|Similar Trachylepis, Trachylepis quinquetaeniata, Trachylepis punctatissima, Trachylepis margaritifera, Mabuya|
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:
Former races T. s. punctatissima and T. s. sparsa have been elevated to species level.