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Trachylepis striata

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Reptilia
Family  Scincidae
Scientific name  Trachylepis striata
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squamata
Subfamily  Lygosominae
Rank  Species
Trachylepis striata Trachylepis striata The Reptile Database
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.

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Description

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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
  • Former races T. s. punctatissima and T. s. sparsa have been elevated to species level.

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    References

    Trachylepis striata Wikipedia


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