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Reptiles & amphibians

Snake eyed skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii)

Description

This small, slender lizard is about 10 cm long, including its tail. The thin, round body has smooth scales and its little legs stand apart from each other. They have a bronze colour and the only difference between the sexes is that the legs of the males are somewhat longer than the females. Just like snakes, the snake-eyed skinks’ eyelids are fused together to form a protective transparent cover over the eyes.

Habitat

This species is found in dry areas, on south facing slopes, in meadows, scrubland and open woodland. It inhabits ground cover, such as leaf-litter, dead wood, stones, bushes and other vegetation.

Diet

The snake-eyed skink is active during the day, hunting for insects and other invertebrates. They stalk their prey carefully after which they make a sudden jump to catch it.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

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