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Fitzsimons Burrowing Skink An amazing little critter found "in" the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and seen on the "Living Desert" tour.  FitzSimons burrowing skink,Geotagged,Namibia,Spring,Typhlacontias brevipes,namib desert,skink Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Fitzsimons Burrowing Skink

An amazing little critter found "in" the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and seen on the "Living Desert" tour.

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  1. Beautiful, locally endemic find, thanks for sharing :)
    By the way, manual species creation was not needed, there was a small typo in the species name you requested. The correct name is "Typhlacontias brevipes"
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks for the correction - argh! Posted 5 months ago
      1. No worries, it's a mistake easily made. Posted 5 months ago

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The FitzSimons' burrowing skink is a skink species is found in the Namib Desert near Swakopmund. It burrows in soft dune sands under leaf litter where it "swims" just below the surface of the loose sand. They are active at night and in the cooler hours of the day when they forage for small insects like ants, termites, antlions and beetles.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by fchristant
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By Barry

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Uploaded Mar 20, 2017. Captured Nov 22, 2012 11:06 in D1983, Rooibank, Namibia.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/4.0
  • 1/807s
  • ISO80
  • 4.3mm