For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rainbow Skink (Trachylepis margaritifer)

No pictures could show you the actual colors in these skinks as it changes according to how the sun shines on them and is really beautiful.
Rainbow Skinks are olive to brown with pearly white spots and light stripes. Females and juveniles are dark brown to black above with three distinct bluish-white stripes down the back and an electric blue tail.
They occur mostly in the northern parst of South Africa. These alert lizards may live in large colonies on rocks and are extremely fast moving. Their diet includes grasshoppers and other invertebrates.
Females lay 6-10 eggs in summer and the hatchlings measure 7-8cm.
Info from: What's that Reptile by Johan Marais. Please follow the link and see all the books on reptiles he has done. They are packed with wonderful photographs and information. I for one just love his books!!

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