Appearance African Striped Skink Lizards vary between brown and bronze and have yellow-ish to off-white stripes running parallel with the spine. The undersides are generally off-white. They grow to 10" (25cm) long, although tails are sometimes missing, due to attempted predation. They have scales that overlap one another and are smooth and iridescent. They have no pronounced neck. African Striped Skinks are split into two sub-species and Kenya's widespread population are known as Eastern Striped Skink Lizards (Trachylepsis striata striata).
Resident Striped Skink Lizards are seen all over Kenya, wherever there are small insects for them to eat.
Longevity Striped Skink Lizards produce approximately 6 eggs, usually in a shallow hole that is then covered and generally after the rainy season when food is in plentiful supply. Sexual maturity is reached after 1 year. No records exist for longevity because most are predated.
Predators Striped Skink Lizards are predated by a large variety of birds and animals.
Behaviour Striped Skink Lizards are generally seen on their own, often basking on warm rocks or driveways in the mornings. They have an undulating walk and can run extremely fast when approached - others, used to human presence hardly move until closely approached.
Diet Striped Skink Lizards eat ants, insects and other small invertebrates.
Other Striped Skink Lizard Facts Striped Skink Lizards lay their eggs in a sunny spot, to aid fast hatching.
Photographs Images taken in Kenya's Nairobi suberbs.