Striped blind legless skink

Typhlosaurus lineatus

SUBFAMILY

Acontinae

TAXONOMY

Typhlosaurus lineatus Boulenger, 1887, Cape of Good Hope, Africa. Four subspecies are recognized.

OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

This is a small, legless, blind skink with a shovel-nosed snout and countersunk lower jaw. The eyes are vestigial. The hard, smooth body is yellowish, reddish, or black, with varying numbers of dark longitudinal stripes and a short blunt tail.

DISTRIBUTION

The species occurs in the Kalahari Desert and adjoining areas.

HABITAT

It inhabits sandveld semidesert.

BEHAVIOR

These subterranean fossorial skinks burrow just beneath the surface, often under logs and fallen debris.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

These skinks are termite specialists.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Females give birth to two to three living young in mid-January through early March.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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