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Wright's Skink

Observed: 29th March 2013 By: pjwoodspjwoods’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Identifications
  • Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Seychelles Skink (Trachylepis seychellensis)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Trachylepsis wrightii (Wright's skink)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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    Likely ID
    Trachylepis wrightii
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • Masked Marvel
      The British Herpetological Society
      Amphibians and Reptiles expert
    • EsklingEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Species interactions

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Comments

pjwoods's picture

This skink was originally

This skink was originally seen in the leaf litter before being flushed onto the base of a tree, it then returned to the leaf litter. This skink was much larger than any other seychelles skink i have seen. It had a much thicker body, was more robust and hada thicker head. The only other skink I thought it could have been was a Wright's skink but I realise they are not known to be on Curieuse. Do some seychelles skinks get to be much larger than others?

Masked Marvel's picture

Pamelaescincus gardineri is

Pamelaescincus gardineri is very small, like most of the burrowing skinks (see this site for a photo on a leaf:

http://eligreenbaum.iss.utep.edu/seychelles.htm

I can't find any references of sizes of the Seychelles and Wright's skinks but they are larger than the burrowing skinks and also more stocky. It does look similar to Wright's skink but these seem to be associated with large seabird colonies.

Eskling's picture

Wright's Skink

Try this link:
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=YbHVdlI0_40C&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&ots=I...
Wright's Skink is larger and the light lateral lines are absent or less prominent than Seychelle's Skink. Very common in wooded areas. Population on Cousine estimated at 10,000! No mention of Curieuse though.

Philip

Eskling's picture

Curieuse

But this page suggests they are present on Curieuse:
http://www.snpa.sc/marine-parks/curieuse
(Mentioned near the end.)

Masked Marvel's picture

This page suggests the

This page suggests the Wright's skinks are on an islet off the coast of Curieuse (St. Pierre Islet), which fits with their association with seabird colonies. The IUCN has them absent from Curieuse but mentions them as present on St. Pierre.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/61441/0

Pretty much everything else other than the Seychelles skink can be ruled out by range or characteristics.

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Thanks for clearing this one

Thanks for clearing this one up, I have agreed your ID. There is a typo in the scientific name, should you want to change it ;)