Typhlosaurus lineatus Boulenger, 1887, Cape of Good Hope, Africa. Four subspecies are recognized.
OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.
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.
The species occurs in the Kalahari Desert and adjoining areas.
It inhabits sandveld semidesert.
These subterranean fossorial skinks burrow just beneath the surface, often under logs and fallen debris.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
These skinks are termite specialists.
Females give birth to two to three living young in mid-January through early March.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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