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Indian skink

Description:

Skinks look roughly like true lizards, but most species have no pronounced neck and their legs are relatively small; several genera (e.g., Typhlosaurus) have no limbs at all. Some other genera, such as Neoseps, have reduced limbs, lacking fore legs, and with fewer than five toes (digits) on each foot. In such species, their locomotion resembles that of snakes more than that of lizards with well-developed limbs. As a general rule, the longer the digits, the more arboreal the species is likely to be. A biological ratio can determine the ecological niche of a given skink species. The Scincidae ecological niche index is a ratio based on anterior foot length at the junction of the ulna/radius-carpal bones to the longest digit divided by the snout-to-vent length. Most species of skinks have long, tapering tails they can shed if predators grab them. Such species generally can regenerate the lost part of a tail, though imperfectly. Species with stumpy tails have no special regenerative abilities. Some species of skinks are quite small; Scincella lateralis typically ranges from 7.5 to 14.5 cm (3.0 to 5.7 in), more than half of which is tail. Most skinks, though, are medium-sized, with snout-to-vent lengths of about 12 cm (4.7 in), although some grow larger; the Solomon Islands skink, (Corucia zebrata), is the largest known extant species and may attain a snout-to-vent length of some 35 cm (14 in).




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14 Comments

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 3 years ago

Amazing Skink! How did you get so close!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Stunning series,,

RickBohler
RickBohler 5 years ago

AWESOME!

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 5 years ago

THANK YOU

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Great series!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years ago

Fantastic series.

Yasser
Yasser 5 years ago

Awesome series!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 5 years ago

Thanks Hemant!

Pedro Beirão
Pedro Beirão 5 years ago

Ty for the body shots. Great series :D

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Awesome shots!

HemantKumar
HemantKumar 5 years ago

thank you friends
@johan Heyns
added few more :)

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 5 years ago

Nice shot! It would however be nice to see the whole skink as well.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 5 years ago

What a great macro shot!

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Nice close up

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Wonderful spotting!!!!!!!!!!!

HemantKumar
Spotted by
HemantKumar

Telangana, India

Lat: 17.52, Long: 78.33

Spotted on Nov 23, 2013
Submitted on Nov 23, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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