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Long-tailed Skink (Mabuya longicaudata) 長尾南蜥

This species is diurnal and feeds on insects and small invertebrates; it is oviparous and usually produces 1 to 3 eggs per nest. It can be found in edges of woods and on cultivated fields, and is fond of climbing to higher items such as trees and concrete walls. They can also be found resting and nesting in road side drainage pipes. This species practices autotomy and protects its offspring.



Kingdom Animalia
Division Chordata
Subdivision Vertabrata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Scincidae
Genus Mabuya


The long-tailed skink is the largest skink in Taiwan ; its body length can reach as long as 125 cm . The back of this lizard is brown, and a broad black band runs parallel on both sides of its head, starting from the snout and passes the eyes to the base of its tail. The scales on its back usually contain 2 inconspicuous ridges; postnasal scales are present on these lizards.

Classification study

Author Stejneger Leonhard H.
Date of Establishment 1907
Discoverer Hallowell, Edward
Discivery Date 1856
Published paper Stejneger, Leonhard H. 1907. Herpetologyof Japan and adjacent territory. Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., Washington, 58:xx, 1-577, 35 plates (published 22 July 1907, according to note on page ii)
Found location Siam

Euprepis longicaudata: E. Hallowell, 1856 (1857?), Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci, Philadelphia, 8: 155.

Euprepes (Tiliqua) bicarinatus: W. Peters, 1867, Monatsber. Konigl. Preuss. Akad. Wissensch. Berlia, 1867: 22.

Euprepes (Tiliyua) Ruhstrati: J. G. Fischer, 1886, Abhandl. Naturwissensch. Ver. Hamburg, 9:7.


Mabuya longicaudata: L. Stejneger, 1907, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., Washington



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