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Friday, March 15, 2013

Forest Skink of Western Ghats

This creature may be familiar to the people in and around the Western Ghats. It is popular in Kerala by the name 'arana' in Malayalam. But its significance is that it is an endemic species. That is, it is confined to the Western Ghats only.

Dussumier's Forest Skink



It is very common in villages, and these two photos (above and below) were taken it was sitting on top of a stone, as if posing for my camera. So got enough time to take a few shots, and it was not at all bothered, very much used to humans.

Dussumier's Forest Skink

Dussumier's Forest Skink

The one above was taken when it was on the tip of a wood. As the subject was Sun lit and the background was under shade, got a nice background bokeh (blur).

Dussumier's Forest Skink

Family: Scincidae
Species: Sphenomorphus dussumieri


The name of this skink is Dussumier's Forest Skink, and is about the size of a house lizard. Body have alternate black and white linings. Lower side is white. Tail and legs are orange - red. These colors make it beautiful.

Hope you liked.

14 comments:

  1. Wat een mooie dieren hebben jullie toch het is gewoon genieten op je log en iedere keer is er wel weer iets heel nieuws dit is heel prettig volgen.

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  2. Cudowne jest pierwsze zdjęcie. Kolory jaszczurki podobaja mi się. Pozdrawiam.
    Wonder is the first picture. Colors I like lizards. Yours.

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  3. truly wonderful little guy! beautiful shots of him, abhinav!

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  4. Excellent photography on Arana! The last two were wonderful with dark background.

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  5. Great shots, nice description... Loved the third pic...

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  6. very nice ,thanks for sharing

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  7. Beautiful...love it

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  8. This one is common in Delhi,we call it saanp ki maasi or snake's maternal aunt.

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  9. Wow..Never thought a skink could be so beautiful

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  10. Nicely captured....

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  11. Beautiful captured...

    Thanks

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