Emoia atrocostata Mangrove Skink
Some other names for this species:
Littoral Skink, Littoral Whiptail-skink
Subspecies I've seen:
E. a. atrocostata
Mangrove Skink
Emoia atrocostata atrocostata Mangrove Skink
Bako National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 25, 2017
Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata atrocostata)
This widespread skink has a very unusual lifestyle for a reptile. It is one of the very few lizards in the world that primarily lives in the inter-tidal zone, eating a lot of crustaceans as well as the more customary lizard-prey, insects. I saw several of these skinks run off before I noticed one sitting still, perched on a large slab in a rocky tide pool area.
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