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Yellow Striped Tree Skink
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family : SCINCIDAE
Species : Lipinia vittigera
Size (snout to vent) : 4.2 cm
Size (total length) : 10 cm

This attractive little skink inhabits tree trunks in lowland primary and secondary forest up to 1600 metres elevation. It is rarely seen on account of its extreme shyness : it will quickly hide itself in a tree crevice under the slightest disturbance.

The Yellow Striped Tree Skink is easily identified by its slender shape, bright orange tail and black and yellow striped body. Its diet probably comprises small insects.

The species ranges from Burma, Thailand and Vietnam to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo.


Fig 1 : Specimen in primary, lowland forest on Penang Hill, Pulau Pinang, Peninsular Malaysia

Fig 2 : Specimen from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore.


References : H1, H2, H3