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Rainbow skink

Trachylepis margaritifer


Males are brightly coloured in bronze with tinges of orange and red on the flanks while females and juveniles have a black and yellow longitudinal striped pattern. Males have a yellow tail, females have a blue tail.


Rocky habitats, especially along rivers.


The first picture is of a male but he was too quick for me to get a full body shot! The 2nd and 3rd are of a female with the blue tail.

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Albert Luthuli Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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