Trachylepis striata striata
Striped Skinks are medium-sized lizards growing to 11cm long (excluding the tail, including the tail up to 25cm) and inhabiting a wide variety of habitats, from mangrove swamps to arid bushveld. They are diurnal and feed primarily on small insects and other small invertebrates which they catch among rocks or in trees. They can “drop” their tails when caught to escape predators and adults without tails, or with regrowing tails, are often seen.
Female Striped Skinks give birth to litters of 3-9 live young during the summer months.
in South Africa, the Striped Skink occurs in north-east Kwazulu Natal and the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. They are commonly seen in towns and game reserve camps and can become quite habituated to humans. Outside of our borders they can be found in Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and northwards to Ethiopia.