Lamprolepis smaragdina smaragdina

(Lesson, 1830)

Vernacular names
English : Emerald tree skink
French : Scinque émeraude

Classification
Class : Reptilia
Order : Squamata
Family : Scincidae
Notes : 5 other subspecies known.

Identification
Adults can reach a body length of 10 cm and a tail length of 15 cm. Fairly stout body, long tail and long, triangular and pointed nose. Coloration generally bright green, sometimes with dark speckling. Lower back often darker green or brown.

Range and habitat
The species occurs from Central Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan to Solomon Islands, Palau, Micronesia and Marshall Islands. This subspecies is found from central Indonesia to New Guinea. Lives in humid forests, woodlands and areas with tall trees, including palm trees.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species is at least locally common and doesn’t seem to be threatened although capture for trade occurs.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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