Unidentified. Is this a snake or a legless skink?

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Unidentified. Is this a snake or a legless skink?

Postby jacovn » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:02 am

Hi all, my mother-in-law took this pic at Hluhluwe nature reserve in May 2010, but only sent it to me now. I have no field guides or books, so please help me ID this little bugger. Had to resize the pic to upload it to the website, but by looks of it, it seems to be between 300 and 400 mm long.
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Re: Unidentified. Is this a snake or a legless skink?

Postby Westley Price » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:42 am

I also don't have a field guide handy, but it's definitely one of the larger Acontias, Legless Skinks.

I'll venture a guess and say Giant Legless Skink, A. plumbeus.
ADDER, n. A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living. -THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY by AMBROSE BIERCE
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Re: Unidentified. Is this a snake or a legless skink?

Postby Pythonodipsas » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:15 am

Westley is right, that's a Giant Legless Skink (Acontias plumbeus).
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Re: Unidentified. Is this a snake or a legless skink?

Postby jacovn » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:30 pm

Thanks guys, appreciated
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