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Philippine Spotted-Green Tree Skink

Lamprolepis smaragdina philippinica

Description:

emerald green skink

Habitat:

urban

Notes:

I spotted this on a tree near the campus of Visayan State College of Agriculture.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Philippine Spotted-Green Tree Skink
Lamprolepis smaragdina philippinica


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11 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks! This is the first really green skink I've ever seen.

takmeng.wong
takmeng.wong 9 years ago

Very nice green colour! We only have the bronze coloured one in Singapore!

alice and nath
alice and nath 9 years ago

It's surprising, right? This is especially shocking since most first words of a Filipino kid include "butiki" the vernacular for lizard.

Yes Cherrey, they crawl (the house lizards, i mean) on walls and ceiling in almost all Filipino homes. And remember when they forbid us to open our umbrella inside our house because these lizards might fall on to our umbrella? It's true, they actually do! I guess they just crawl on whatever surface that's available.

Do you guys have house lizards? we always have them in our home like A LOT. Maybe you can count 3-10 on our ceiling..

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Really, you're scared of lizards alice and nath?

alice and nath
alice and nath 9 years ago

Hi Cherry, Maybe you're talking about the Gekkonidae and not the Scincidae. But yeah, I'm scared of lizards (in any form).

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

yeah, I've never heard that.

i've seen that kind often in our Narra tree or Guyabano tree, right outside our porch.. As a kid, I was always told they stick to the skin and would be very hard to remove yay.. i wasn't too sure if that was true though

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

alice and nath, thanks a lot! Great ID! I thought this was an immature skink but I looked at other images of this skink and this is what they look like mature. Really cool! Thanks Christiane!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

I have never seen a EMERALD COLORED SKINK.. Great SHOT!!

alice and nath
alice and nath 9 years ago

This type of emerald skink is endemic to the Philippines.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Leyte, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 4, 2011
Submitted on Jun 4, 2011

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