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Skinks (Scincidae; skinke, gladde akkedisse)

The dorsal scales are usually smooth, flat and highly polished, often appearing iridescent. These lizards are usually terrestrial, although many may live in trees and among rocks. They are all day-active. Most of them are of medium size. Many of the species that forage among leaf litter have elongated bodies and reduced limbs and some burrowing forms are completely limbless. Forty seven species occur in South Africa, making it the second largest family in the country.

 

 

Species occurring in the GCBC:

Cape Skink

Cape Dwarf Burrowing Skink

Cape Legless Skink

Coastal Legless Skink

Cuvier's Blind Legless Skink

Gronovi's Dwarf Burrowing Skink

Kasner's Dwarf Burrowing Skink

Red-sided Skink

Striped Dwarf Burrowing Skink

Striped Legless Skink

Variegated Skink

Western Rock Skink

 

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