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Western Rock Skink

Trachylepis sulcata sulcata

Western Rock Skinks inhabit rocky outcrops in the Karoo and semi-deserts of the Northern Cape and Namibia, where they hunt by day for their principally insect prey. They are usually seen in pairs and hide in cracks and crevices at night or when danger threatens. Females may give birth to 2 broods of between 3 and 5 young in the summer months. Western Rock Skinks grow to 8cm long (excluding their tail, which can be shed to escape predators). These very active lizards are commonly seen along the trails in the Augrabies Falls National Park.