oa Journal of East African Natural History - A Scincid reptile feeding primarily on marine Crustacea, with a note on its parasites

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



Thirty-nine skinks Ablepharus boutonii africanus (Sternfeld) a sub species which reaches a length of approximately 4? inches, were analysed for food items and parasites. The animals were collected during August 1963 and August 1964 from littoral rocks at Msambweni and between Mida Creek and Blue Lagoon in Kenya. They appear to inhabit rocky headlands. The greater number were observed on rocky faces on the seaward side but some were seen on top of rock cliffs. The skinks hunt their prey in crevices and holes in the rocks and in the beach strand line at the base of the cliffs. They were not observed to enter the water after prey but several which were placed in tide pools swam rapidly on the surface.

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