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Variegated skink

Skinks | Namibia

Introduction: There are 2 races of variegated skink (Mabuya variegata). Both subspecies (M.v punctulata) and (M.v. Variegata) can be found in Namibia and the name reflects the varied habitats of desert, karroid, savannah, mountain grassland, coastal bush and thicket. (M.v punctulata) live on sandy soils, sheltering in burrows under logs and rocks. (M.v. Variegata) prefer the more arid regions of the country, emphasizing the difference between the races.

Distribution: (M.v. Variegata) hog the western regions of Namibia such as the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, the Orange River, Swakopmund and Luderitz. (M.v punctulata) occupy the rest of the country such as the Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park, although the range extends north-west to Epupa Falls.

Diet: Spiders and beetles for both races.

Colouring: Colouration is varied. The upper body is light grey to dark brown with pale side stripes and the belly is plain white.

Breeding: Both races give birth to small litters of around 2 to 4 babies.

Size: (M.v. Variegata) are slightly larger and grow to a max SVL of 57mm.

The Cababnas | Camp Provenance

Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures

Goibib Mountain Lodge

An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm

Norotshama Lodge

Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post

Orange River Lodge

The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge

A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment

The White House

Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.

Kaokoland Accommodation