African Five-Lined Skink

The African Five-Lined Skink (Trachylepis quinquetaeniata) is an African lizard found mainly in East Africa. It is also called the Blue-Tailed Skink.

The African Five-Lined Skink is a slim, long brown lizard with smooth glossy scales that has five pale stripes on its back and sides, merging into a blue tail. It has small legs.

Five-Lined Skink

African Five-Lined Skink

It can grow to 18-24 centimetres (7-9 inches) long.

It is diurnal and carnivorous, meaning that it is active mainly during the day, and it eats mainly meat. It will also eat caterpillars, spiders, wasps, and bees.

If they lose their tail, it will grow back.

It likes rocky terrain and trees.

Females lay 6-10 eggs under a rock

Five-Lined Skink

African Five-Lined Skink

Five-Lined Skink

African Five-Lined Skink

Five-Lined Skink

African Five-Lined Skink

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

 

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