Striped skink

Mabuya striata

SUBFAMILY

Lygosominae

TAXONOMY

Mabuya striata Peters, 1844, Mozambique. Four subspecies are recognized.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The color of this medium-size arboreal skink is dark blackish in the Kalahari, but it varies regionally between subspecies.

DISTRIBUTION

The species is widespread in southern Africa, including extreme southern Angola and Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and parts of central and eastern South Africa.

HABITAT

The habitat is varied; these skinks are found in woodlands, deserts, and mangrove swamps.

BEHAVIOR

This alert climbing skink is found on trees in the Kalahari Desert. It maintains a higher body temperature during the summer than in the winter and basks early and late in the day during summer but at midday in winter.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The diet is composed of a broad variety of insects, including beetles, termites, ants, insect larvae, and spiders.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

In northern populations, breeding males have orange-brown heads and yellow-orange throats. The striped skink is live bearing, with an average litter size of 5.4.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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