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Riopa lineolatum

Striped Writhing Skink Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Riopa lineolatum
Family : Scincidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forest floor
Description : This skink species can grow up to 15 cm in length. This skink has a long, slender body with a pointed snout and a long, tapering tail. Its limbs are short and strong, and it has sharp claws for gripping onto surfaces.

The Striped Writhing Skink has a light brown to greyish-brown dorsum with four to six dark brown stripes running along its back. Its sides are lighter in color with white or yellow speckles.

This species can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and rocky areas.

The Striped Writhing Skink is a diurnal species and is active during the day. They are fast and agile and can be observed moving quickly across the ground.
The Striped Writhing Skink is known for its ability to "writhe" or twist its body in a serpentine fashion, which can help it evade predators. It is also able to shed its tail if it is caught by a predator, allowing it to escape and regrow its tail later.
This skink is an insectivore and feeds on a variety of small insects, such as ants, beetles, and termites.

The reproductive habits of the Striped Writhing Skink are not well known, but they are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. The eggs hatch after approximately two months.

This species is not listed on the IUCN Red List, and its population is considered stable. However, habitat destruction and collection for the pet trade can pose threats to its survival in some areas.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source:Kabir, S.M.H., Ahmad, M., Ahmed, A.T.A., Rahman, A.K.A., Ahmed, Z.U., Begum, Z.N.T., Hassan, M.A. and Khondker, M. (eds.). 2009. Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol. 25. Amphibians and Reptiles. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka 204 pp.; photo credit:Kiran Rao(www.inaturalist.org/people/), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us. https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/17022212/large.jpg?1525106165