The Round Island Skink (Leiolopisma telfairii) is a lizard and a reptile. It is also known as Telfair’s Skink.
The Round Island Skink is iridescent brownish-grey with dark-brown spots. Its body is long and cylindrical. It has short legs.
Its tail can drop off to escape capture, and the tail will re-grow (regenerate).
It measures 30-40 centimetres (12-16 inches) in length.
The Round Island Skink is native to Round Island of Mauritius and Reunion islands. It prefers forests, scublands, and grasslands.
It is omnivorous, eating fruit, seeds, insects, and other reptiles.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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