Karasburg Tree Skink

Trachylepis sparsa

The Karasburg Tree Skink is a close relative of the Striped Skink and was once regarded a subspecies of it. It grows to about 8cm long (excluding the tail) and occurs in a small area around the borders of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa’s Northern Cape, in and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where it is frequently observed. These Skinks inhabit arid savanna habitats and, as their name suggests, are largely arboreal in habit. They feed mainly on insects and other invertebrates. Females give birth to three to nine live babies in summer.

26 thoughts on “Karasburg Tree Skink

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I don’t know the figures for your part of the world, John, but we have around 350 species of reptiles in South Africa – of which about 220 kinds are lizards (including geckos and chameleons).

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  1. John

    It’s a beautiful little lizard!😊 Fantastic pictures you have taken!😊 I have maybe got 10 pictures of lizards, they are so fast and difficult to shoot. You can see that the snakes come from lizards before they developed as snakes, I think. I told you that we have 3 species of lizards here in Sweden, but we have 4, I forgot the slowworm who have no legs.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks, John!
      I am fascinated by the legless lizards, as they must be a glimpse of the evolution from lizards into snakes. Unfortunately they live mostly underground here, so not seen very often.

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