African Five-lined Rainbow Skink Trachylepis (prev. Mabuya) quinquetaeniata

African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
The African Five-lined Skink, also called the Rainbow Skink or Rainbow Mabuya, is native to much of the African continent from North to southern Africa, West to East.
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
There is often confusion over its names. The American Five-lined Skink is a different species and genus. Another related East African skink, T. margaritifera, is also called the Rainbow Skink and sometimes the Five-lined, and used to be classed as a subspecies of this one T. quinquetaeniata.
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
African Five-lined Rainbow Skink
Breeding males have the colourful yellow and blue pearlescence that gives the "Rainbow" name. Females have the longitudinal yellow stripes that give the "Five-line" name (three yellow lines on top and one each side before the white underbelly).