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Caicos Skink

Spondylurus caicosae

Description:

brown skink with long silvery-white tail that become more cream-grey as they age

Habitat:

Scrub undergrowth, either under rocks or rotting trees one was found in the shed

Notes:

Though very elusive and usually skittish this one allowed me to get quite close to it.

1 Species ID Suggestions

slippery back skink or snake-doctor
Mabuya mabouya Mabuya mabouya


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10 Comments

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

o ok i didnt know you had to split them

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Oh, I misunderstood. These new pictures of a different individual taken at a different location and/or time represent a different spotting. Doesn't matter that it's the same species. Can you make a new spotting with them? Thanks!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

its there now

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Looking forward to it!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

i saw one another today much younger ill upload it its younger that might help

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

I understand your caution. I am the same way! I don't really have hands on knowledge of this species but found several references that mention Mabuya mabouya sbsp. for Turks & Caicos. (However I often don't suggest subspecies if there appears to be ongoing taxonomic debate at that level). For example the scientific authority JNCC lists the species as occurring on the Ramsar site there (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/RIS/UK43001...). Perhaps the forelimb colouration is diagnostic, or maybe variable. I don't know, I'm afraid. Just some background on how I came up with the suggestion. Cheers!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

thanks for the likes everyone

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

awesome!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

thanks S Frazier for the suggestion its the nearest ive seen to it only two things i have a bit of a hang up on 1 my skink has black forelimbs and on wikipedia they say that skink is endemic to the lesser Antilles I live in the greater Antilles very far from dominica but still i think my spotting is definitely a sub species

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Nice!!

hg_williams3
Spotted by
hg_williams3

Turks and Caicos Islands

Lat: 21.79, Long: -72.30

Spotted on Feb 27, 2010
Submitted on Oct 4, 2011

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