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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Variable Skink

Afrikaans name: Veranderlike Gladde Akkedis

Variable Skink

Variable Skink

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Trachylepis varia

The Variable Skink used to be called the Common Variable Skink.

It can be found in many parts of Africa from Uganda and Somalia south to South Africa.

The Variable Skink has an active lifestyle and it can be found in many different habitats from the coast to mountain slopes. It likes rocky areas that provide cover.

They mainly eat insects but will also eat spiders, termites and other creepy crawlies.


References and further reading

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 253

Bill Branch's Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 133

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 75

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Jason Londt - Year Published: 2009 - Page: 104

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 68

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