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Central American Mabuya

Mabuya unimarginata


Also named the Bronze-backed Skink (espanol: Esquinco espalda dorada) Locomotion resembles that of snakes more than that of lizards with well-developed limbs; measured roughly 13 to 14 inches.


Dry tropical forest, sunny, unusually humid weather (rainfall during day in January); terrain: cleared weeds nearby an established fruit and timber orchard.


Was restoring a storage container for our future disaster relief unit when a worker warned me of the "colibri". He said it was toxic. It was in the shade of the container.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bronze-backed skink, esquinco espalda dorada
Mabuya unimarginata Mabuya unimarginata | The Reptile Database

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Indio Jones
Indio Jones 7 years ago

Thanks Frazier.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

This is a skink and it is not venomous. Here, where I live (New Guinea) people also accuse another species skink of being deadly venomous. It's simply not true. There are only 3 species of venomous lizard known to science and none are skinks (family Scincidae).

Indio Jones
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Indio Jones


Lat: 11.11, Long: -85.73

Spotted on Jan 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 12, 2012

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