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Skink

Observed: 27th October 2009 By: dan_wrench
Natural Shropshire - Biodiversity Partnership
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Description:

Quite a few of these running around in the garden of the villa we were staying in.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

Photos

Good shots of an interesting little beast

dshubble's picture

skink ID

You could well be right going by the size though it would normally be pale or greenish underneath - the dark colour overall suggests a male. Did you notice whether it had eyelids i.e. whether or not it could blink/close its eyes?

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skink ID

I'm afraid I didn't notice about the blink character that I only later became aware of. I'm over there again in late summer so I'll try to find some more. Isn't there another form of this species found in Corfu?

Dan Wrench
Biodiversity Officer - Shropshire
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dshubble's picture

skink ID

The Corfu specimens are (I think) A.k.fitzingeri which are the same as those in the Hungary-Slovakia population. However, identification to this subspecies is not always certain and relies on variations in scale pattern and spots/stripes which may not be present. Still, I think you're probablyl right about the species and shouldn't have much trouble finding another specimen to check as I think they are quite numerous.