Tropidophorus brookei Brook’s Keeled Skink
Some other names for this species:
Brooke’s Keeled Skink, Brooke’s Water Skink
Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak, MalaysiaJanuary 30, 2017
Brook’s Keeled Skink (Tropidophorus brookei)
This skink is semi-aquatic; it hangs out near streams and forages underwater. I saw a couple of small ones at Kubah National Park but they dove into the stream and disappeared before I could get photos. This one was nice and large, but I could only see it from a position on a bridge crossing the stream. I returned a few times to this same spot in hopes of a better angle but never saw it again. This picture is in close competition with my only photo of a Slender Wolf Snake for the title of My Worst Malaysian Photo.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on this trip to Malaysia, as well as a travelogue of the trip.

Kubah National Park, Sarawak, MalaysiaFebruary 18, 2018
Brook’s Keeled Skink (Tropidophorus brookei)
It turns out that getting a decent photo of this skink is much easier when you find one sleeping on a leaf at night.
near Poring, Sabah, MalaysiaFebruary 28, 2018
Brook’s Keeled Skink (Tropidophorus brookei) Brook’s Keeled Skink (Tropidophorus brookei)
The little guy seems quite vulnerable out in the open like this.
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