> Subphylum Vertebrata > Class Reptilia
seen? This small shiny skink is often seen slithering among
the undergrowth and leaf litter in vegation near the shores. According
to Baker, in Singapore it is widespread in wooded areas, mangroves
and parks. It was previously known as Mabuya multifasciata.
Features: Total length
to 35cm. A long body, somewhat angular, covered with shiny, smooth
scales. It has small limbs and a long cylindrical tail. At first glance
it might resemble a short snake! Generally bronzey brown with various
patterns: black stripes down the back, sides of the body may be blackish,
with white dots or a broad orange swathe, underside of the head may
be yellow. It is also called the Many-lined sun skink. It can move
very quickly and is generally shy.
What does it eat? It eats insects,
spiders and even smaller lizards, generally hunting on the ground.
It is active during the day.
Monitor babies: Mama lizard bears
5-10 live young.
Buloh Wetland Reserve, May 02
Sungei Buloh Wetland
Reserve, Sep 09
stripes on the back
and white dots on the sides.
|Common sun skinks on Singapore shores
- Lim, Kelvin
K. P. & Francis L K Lim, 1992. A
Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Singapore Singapore Science Centre. 160 pp.
- Baker, Nick
and Kelvin Lim. 2008. Wild
Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles,
Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes Vertebrate Study Group, Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
- Cox, Merel
J., Peter Paul van Dijk, Jarujin Nabhitabhata and Kumthorn Thirakhupt.
Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Thailand, Peninsular
Malaysia and Singapore New Holland.
- Das, Indraneil.
Pocket Guide: Lizards of Borneo Natural History Publications (Borneo). 83 pp.