Cape Skink

January 9, 2019


Cape Skink, Trachylepis capensis

This feisty little character lives near the lounge at Kwena lodge under the rocks. We can often hear its stout little body scuttling through the bushes. This species of skink gives birth to litters of about 6 live babies.

Typically, skinks are active by day and terrestrial by night, so you are more than likely going see this little critter. Skinks often bask out in the open in the sun and will allow fairly close approach before scuttling away. While they are basking, they choose positions and areas that will allow them to quickly dart forward and catch a passing meal. They feed mostly on insects such as beetles, flies and grasshoppers.

Text and Photographs: Raquel de Castro Maia