Trachylepis maculilabris Speckle-lipped Mabuya
Also known as:
Speckle-lipped Skink, Speckled-lipped Skink
Subspecies I've seen:
T. m. maculilabris
Speckle-lipped Mabuya
Trachylepis maculilabris maculilabris Speckle-lipped Mabuya
Queen Elizabeth National Park, UgandaJuly 5, 2000
Speckle-lipped Mabuya (Trachylepis maculilabris maculilabris)
I think our Ugandan guide was first really sure he had a lunatic on his hands when I made him back up the jeep so I could take a picture of this lizard on a tree trunk near the road. It wasn't a particularly large or beautiful or probably even rare lizard, but it was one I hadn't seen.

This skink picture went unidentified for a year and a half. Dr. Robert Drewes told me it was definitely a skink, probably a Mabuya, but he couldn't tell which species. Now with the new field guide to East African reptiles (of which Dr. Drewes is a coauthor), I could make an educated guess. Based on the descriptions and ranges provided in that book, I believe this to be Mabuya maculilabris, though I'm not completely sure.

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