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Tropidophorus assamensis

Water Skink Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Tropidophorus assamensis
Family : Scincidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Rocky hill streams
Description : Water skinks range in size from 10-50 cm (4-20 inches) in length, depending on the species.

Water skinks have long, slender bodies with shiny scales that range in color from brown to black or even bright blue. Some species have stripes or spots on their bodies.

As their name suggests, water skinks are semi-aquatic and can be found in and around water sources such as rivers, streams, ponds, and wetlands.

Water skinks are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day. They are also excellent swimmers and can hold their breath for several minutes underwater.

Water skinks are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including insects, small vertebrates, and plant matter.

Female water skinks lay eggs that hatch after about 60 days. Some species are able to reproduce asexually, meaning they can produce offspring without mating.

Some species of water skinks are threatened or endangered due to habitat loss, predation by introduced species, and other factors.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Razia Sultana Setu,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:Wikipedia, IUCN Red List Bangladesh Volume-4 2015, Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh: Amphibians and Reptiles (Volume 25), Asiatic Society of Bangladesh; photo credit and copyright:John Anderson(wikimedia.org), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.