Lined writhing skink

The lined writhing skink (Lygosoma lineata) is a species of writhing skink. It is known from the northern Western Ghats. This skink grows to about 6 cm in length. The body colouration is golden and each scale has a black dot forming longitudinal stripes on the body. It is known to occur from Gujarat to north of Karnataka. In Mumbai this skink has been observed in the Sanjay Gandhi national park and Aarey milk colony. It is often found under rocks , loose soil associated with termite mounds and ant hills. It is crepuscular. A captive individual accepted termites, mosquito, house flies, ant eggs for about 45 days and was released. One individual regurgitated a Typhlina when caught.


  • Gray,J.E. 1839 Catalogue of the slender-tongued saurians, with descriptions of many new genera and species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (1) 2: 331-337 (287-293)
  • Naik Y M; Vinod K R 1994 Record of a rare skink Lygosoma lineata (Gray, 1839) from Kevadia, Gujarat. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 91 (2): 324-325.

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