Variable mabuya

Trachylepis varia

Trachylepis varia is a species of skink found in Africa. Often difficult to identify due to the variation in colour, hence the name, this is nonetheless one of the most common and widespread of the skinks.
Variable Skink 2 I uploaded this photo to show how close this skink allowed me to be- there is a reflection of me in its eye! Geotagged,Trachylepis varia,Variable mabuya,Winter,Zimbabwe,macro,skink

Appearance

A medium-sized skink (50 - 60 mm) with a rounded snout and a window in each lower lid. Colouration is variable; the back may be blackish, olive, pale brown or red-brown, with or without black spots. There's always a distinct, white lateral stripe down the backbone and on the upper flanks. The belly is bluish-white.
Variable Skink This skink was happy to pose for me while a took a few photos. It kept darting in and out of a hole in a tree. Geotagged,Trachylepis varia,Variable mabuya,Winter,Zimbabwe,macro,skink

Naming

Common names
Variable skink

Subspecies
A poorly-defined race, M.v. nyikae, is sometimes recognized from the Nyika Plateau in Malawi.

Distribution

South Eastern Cape, through Eastern Africa to Sudan and Somalia, west to Namibia, Angola and Congo.

Reproduction

The variable skink is generally viviparous but there are place where they lay eggs - 6 - 12 which hatch after a 60 day incubation period. The growth is fast and young reach maturity in only 8 months.

Food

Grasshoppers, caterpillars and termites, spiders and, in exceptional cases, other lizards.

References:

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http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_variable_skink.html
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyScincidae
GenusTrachylepis
SpeciesTrachylepis varia
Photographed in
Zambia