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Telfair’s Skink

The Telfair’s skink is native to a very limited area in Mauritius. They are characterized by their unique almost cylindrical body and short legs and tail. They have been declared as a ‘vulnerable’ species.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Leiolopisma
    Species L. telfairii
    Scientific Name Leiolopisma telfairii

    Other Names Round Island skink
    Length/Size 30–40 cm (12–16 in), including tail
    Body Coloration Base color is brownish gray, mottled with dark brown spots; small scales exhibits iridescence when light is reflected
    Range/Distribution Only limited to the Round Island of Mauritius
    Habitat Arboreal forest areas
    Diet/Food Seeds, fruits, insects, and small lizards; also practice cannibalism, killing their own young for eating them
    Clutch Size Average of 6 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable (IUCN 2.3)

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    Published on January 17th 2019 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 10th January 2019.

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