Trachylepis elegans — Elegant Mabuya
These skinks were abundant in open areas at the forest's edge and near the beach. I uncovered the one in the third photograph by rolling a log. Normally, lizards uncovered in this way will either freeze in surprise, or dash off under the nearest object (often the same object they had been under before it was moved). In this case though, the skink took the opportunity to pounce on a nearby cricket that had also been surprised by the sudden removal of its cover.
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Second Edition
- Glaw, F., Vences, M. 2007. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition
- Henkel, F., Schmidt, W. 2000. Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar and the Mascarene, Seychelles, and Comoro Islands