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Supple Skink (Krabi, Thailand)
   
   

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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).

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 (Das, 2010).

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.


Figs 1 and 2 : Two images of a juvenile Lygosoma skink from Krabi, southern Thailand.


References : H12