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Ocellated Skink

Chalcides ocellatus

Description:

"As an adult, it generally reaches about 6 to 12 inches of length and has a small head, cylindrical body, and five toes on each foot. They are very agile and are often found in arid areas. C. ocellatus is notable for the presence of ocelli and for its wide variety of coloration patterns. It preys on various insects, including those with hard exoskeletons, arachnids, and small lizards, including its own young." ~wiki

Habitat:

spotted in my desert garden; "C. ocellatus is considered to be a generalist species and can be found in a wide variety of environments, such as farmland and gravel deserts around the Mediterranean coast. Its main escape tactic from predators is to run behind vegetation, most likely because it is not suited to run very fast." ~wiki

Notes:

Many of these critters in my garden at the moment but I can never catch them with the camera! This is the best so far - tail and head. Called "dafan abu 'uwaynat" in Arabic.

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Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

Egypt

Spotted on Jun 8, 2013
Submitted on Jun 27, 2013

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