Interacting with wildlife - African Striped Skink

Maree Clarkson

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Interacting with wildlife – African Striped Skink

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Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Location : In my garden (Tarlton,Gauteng, South Africa)
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This Striped Skink was enjoying the sun on the patio while I was sipping some coffee. He was quite unperturbed by my presence, walking close-by my feet in his search for something to eat. Earlier I had caught a whole lot of termites and put them in a bottle, ready to feed the chickens, so I thought of offering him some. He watched intently, lifting the front of his body, as I dropped the termites on the other side of the fern leaf and within seconds he covered the distance and finished the whole lot. Needless to say, the chickens never got their snack!
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Interaction with wildlife is so precious to me. It never ceases to amaze me how trusting they can sometimes be, seemingly sensing that I would do them no harm.
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The African Striped Skink (Trachylepsis striata), commonly called the Striped Skink, is a lizard in the skink family (Scincidae). 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.
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Southern populations give birth to a single litter of 3 – 9 babies in summer. Reproduction may occur throughout the year in northern populations. Growth is relatively fast, sexual maturity is reached in 15 – 18 months. Last summer, my Skinks have had several litters in my bathroom court-yard garden, much to my delight.
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This skink is brown or bronze coloured with two yellowish stripes that run lengthwise on either side of the spine. Both sexes grow to a length of 25 cm.1 Their tails are often missing due to predators.


13th September 2014 – FEATURED in “2 Cards per day – The Best of your Best”
14th September 2014 – FEATURED in ‘Animals of Africa & Madagascar’

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