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Rainbow Skink

Trachylepis margaritifer


Small-ish lizard with a yellow-tinged body with four black stripes extending from the head to the base of the tail. It's tail is a bright almost-metallic blue.


Found on the deck of a lodge, when I got too close it went in under the stones surrounding the swimming pool.


Found sunning itself relatively early in the morning.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT 7 years ago
Rainbow Skink
Trachylepis quinquetaeniata · Rainbow Mabuya (Trachylepis quinquetaeniata)

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Sofia V. Dias
Sofia V. Dias 7 years ago

My bad... I'll be more thourough next time. ;)

JessicaSA 7 years ago

They are also known as five-lined Mabuyas though

JessicaSA 7 years ago

Thanks AshleyT, the species suggestion was correct, it is a Rainbow Skink. Thanks

AshleyT 7 years ago

Nice try SofiXoto, but it might do you some good to look at location when making a suggestion. You're suggestion is not found anywhere near Africa.

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Musina Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 21, 2014
Submitted on May 10, 2014

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