Above : two images of a juvenile
Lygosoma skink from Krabi, southern Thailand.
The skink illustrated here was
found near human habitation adjacent to karst limestone
habitat, in Krabi, southern Thailand. It was active in the midday sun.
It measures just 3 cm from snout to vent, and around 6 cm total length (with
partly broken tail).
This appears to be a juvenile Lygosoma skink, with an unusually
bright red tail. Possible species include the White Spotted Supple
Skink L. albopunctatum or Spotted Supple Skink L. punctatum,
however neither of these species are listed as being extant in Thailand,
though they do occur in parts of neighbouring Burma
The body of this juvenile skink is slender, and dark brown throughout, with flanks slightly darker
than the dorsum. A few faint, pale speckles are apparent on the
anterior part of the flank near the origin of the forelimb.
Its forelimbs and hindlimbs are short, as are its
fingers and toes. Its body scales appear smooth to weakly keeled.
Family : SCINCIDAE
Species : Lygosoma sp.
Size (snout to vent) : this specimen approx 3 cm
Size (total length) : this specimen approx 6 cm (with broken tail).
References : H12