Bowring's Supple Skink found under rock in Lumpani. Bowring's Supple Skink found under log in Lumpani. Bowring's Supple Skink as found in leaf litter at Lumpani. Head shot of Bowring's Supple Skink found under log in Lumpani. Dorsal view of head of Bowring's Supple Skink from Ramkhamhaeng. Description: To 12 cm long.
Snout to base of tail is up to 5. A small slender skink with small legs. Color on top of body is bronze to brown, often with indistinct dark lines. Sides are a mix of red-brown to dark-brown with white and black speckling, and often with a black line. Tail is about as long as body, brown on top and reddish-brown below. Underside is light, with large yellow section between the legs during the breeding season.
Similar Species: Short-limbed Supple Skink is more slender, has much smaller limbs, and lacks the speckling and breeding coloration. Habitat: Found in a wide variety of habitats, including forest, scrubland, plains, parks, empty lots, agricultural areas, and gardens. It is almost always under cover, such as rocks, logs, or leaf litter.
Contribution to the ecosystem: Helps control insect and spider populations. Danger to humans: This lizard is too small to bite humans and poses no danger at all. Conservation status and threats: Is a widespread and common species has no known conservation threats. Adapts very well to human-altered environments. Interesting facts: This skink is one of the most common lizards in our region, but most people rarely see it. Dozens of them probably live in every empty lot and city park in Bangkok, and even in many of the yards and gardens.
However, these tiny lizards spend most of their lives out of sight, hunting small arthropods in dirt, leaf litter, and decaying vegetation. They can occasionally be found by flipping over boards, logs, and rocks — otherwise, you might never know they were there. Tags: bangkok , lizard , skink , supple skink , thailand. Common Sun Skink basking on trash in Dok Mai. Head shot of Common Sun Skink showing yellow throat.
Common Sun Skink found in Silom showing orange side striping.
Common Sun Skink basking on bush in Chatuchak. Common Sun Skink in Rangsit showing no dorsal lines.
Start Your Free Trial Today. Juveniles and young adult females are glossy black with five cream stripes down the back and a bright blue or blue-grey tail. Learn More. The common name for this lizard, "northern prairie skink", is pretty obvious: a skink that lives in northern grassland regions. Each dual lamp can bear up to watts which is not bad for your skink. The Southern Shield population can be found underneath rocks on open bedrock in forests.
Common Sun Skink with no dorsal lines in Phra Khanong. Common Sun Skink with missing tail in Khao Yai. Description: To 36 cm long.
Snout to base of tail is up to A large, heavy-bodied skink. Bronze above, often with five to seven black lines going down the back.
Side coloration is highly variable, sometimes bronze and sometimes dark with white speckles, often with reddish or orangish coloration on the front part of the sides. Head is narrower than body. Original tail is about one and a half times as long as body. If the skink has lost its tail, the regenerated tail may as long as its body or shorter.
Throat and underbelly are cream to yellow.
Similar Species: Long-tailed Sun Skink is slender, has a longer tail when showing original tail, and has distinct striping on sides. Speckled Forest Skink is smaller and usually has striping on side of body. Habitat: Found in open areas, including forest clearings and edges, river banks, rock outcroppings, parks, empty lots, and near human habitations.
Often seen basking on low branches, brush, or walls. Contribution to the ecosystem: Helps control insect, spider, and worm populations. Will eat smaller reptiles, including smaller skinks and blind snakes. Also eats some plant matter. Provides food for large snakes and some birds of prey. Danger to humans: Will often bite when handled and can draw blood, but is not dangerous.
Adapts well to human-altered environments. Interesting facts: Skinks can lose their tail when attacked by predators by having it pulled or bit off, and will regrow a new tail in its place.
A combination of under-tank heating and a basking light on one side of the tank works well. Ensure the appropriate temperature gradient is provided by measuring temperatures in various spots around the tank, not just one. Nighttime temperatures can drop to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit 21 degrees Celsius.
Cooler temperatures can cause several problems with your skink and make it more prone to getting ill. You should also make sure nothing is blocking the light from reaching your skink, with the exception of a metal mesh screen if absolutely necessary. Skinks are true omnivores; therefore, this should be reflected in their diet. You can feed your skink canned dog food or a pinkie mouse occasionally.
Otherwise, stay away from items that aren't fruits, vegetables, or insects. Too much protein isn't good for lizards' digestive systems or kidneys. The most common health problem among skinks as well as other reptiles in captivity is metabolic bone disease.
This condition occurs when the animal's phosphorous-to-calcium ratio is out of balance, and is usually due to poor UV lighting and sometimes poor diet. Symptoms include weakened or fractured bones, tremors, lethargy, and overall weakness. And like other lizards, skinks can suffer from vitamin A deficiency.
A supplement can help prevent this from becoming serious. Recommended for you How species at risk are protected Species at risk in Ontario List How to comment on protecting species at risk How to get an Endangered Species Act permit or authorization Conserving biodiversity.
What threatens it The Common Five-lined Skink faces many threats to their habitat from urban sprawl and agriculture, especially in southwestern Ontario. Read the executive summary September 10, Read the recovery strategy September 10, Government response statement A government response statement outlines the actions the government intends to take or support to help recover the species.
Read the habitat regulation July 1, What you can do Report a sighting Report a sighting of an endangered animal or plant to the Natural Heritage Information Centre.
Skinks are lizards belonging to the family Scincidae and the infraorder Scincomorpha. With more than 1, described species, the Scincidae are one of the. The western skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus) is a species of small.
Photographs with specific locations or mapping coordinates are always helpful. Volunteer Volunteer with your local nature club or provincial park to participate in surveys or stewardship work focused on species at risk. Be a good steward Private land owners have a very important role to play in species recovery. If you find Common five-lined-skink on your land, you may be eligible for stewardship programs that support the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats.
The Carolinian Zone of southern Ontario supports an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife, including many species at risk. Carolinian Canada Coalition is working to protect and restore the natural heritage in this important area. For more information, visit: www. Register with the Herpetofaunal Atlas program to receive e-mail newsletters, event notifications, and other important updates about the Herpetofaunal Atlas project as it develops. The tail is able to grow back at a rate of about 6 millimetres a week.
The scales of the Common Five-lined Skink are un-ridged, giving it a smooth, shiny appearance.