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Dussumier's forest skink

Sphenomorphus dussumieri


The orange tail is clearly the main characteristic, but the white stripes are also distinctive.


Found within the grounds of the Thattekad bird santctuary near the entrance. Thus a few buildings around in a rural area.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jellis 7 years ago
Dussumier's litterskink
Sphenomorphus dussumieri Sphenomorphus dussumieri

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Les Catchick
Les Catchick 7 years ago

Common names are often the same for different species and can also be applied to different members of the same family that are found in different parts of the world that have differences. I had seen the various articles about the endangered ones and that has no bearing on this species at all. They could easily have the same common name. You will find many common names shared by different creatures as I know from butterflies I follow. In the same way the same species often has many 'common names'.
I am happy with the information given by Jellis on scientific name but I never gave it a scientific name before as I could not find one. Orange-tailed skink is likely to be a common name for it too fairly obviously in spite of Wikipedia mentioning only one in its very short article. Already that is different to the common name in the suggestion by Jellis.

IvanLee 7 years ago

Could be a juvenile of what Jellis suggested.

Jellis 7 years ago

I was wrong it wasn't a Skink. But Orange-tailed is still the wrong ID. The one I suggested if you look at the top of the head and the body it doesn't look like one. Plus the Orange tail has a white stripe on it's had and yours doesn't

Jellis 7 years ago

If you look at the top of the head on the one in this photo by Stephan
And a true Orange tail Skink

Les Catchick
Spotted by
Les Catchick

Kerala, India

Spotted on Nov 3, 2015
Submitted on Jan 12, 2016

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