Full name: Trachylepis vittata (Olivier, 1804)


This family includes 1.560 species and is the largest family of lizards. Representatives of this family can be found around the planet with the exception of the continent of Antartica while they exhibit impressive diversity both in size (from 2-35cm) and in their morphology and behavior. The main characteristic of the representatives of this family are the reduce limbs, the absence of pronounce neck, the smooth skin surface and the densely arranged overlapping scales. Due to the reduced small size limbs, the movement of these lizards resembles more the movement of snakes than of other typical lizards. The limbs are totally absent from some representatives of the family. In Cyprus, this family is represented by four species; these are the Snake-eyed Skink, the Ocellated Skink, the Bridled Skink and the Schneider’s Skink.

Medium size lizard with size that can reach 25 cm in length including tail. Dark brown to olive green back on the surface of which three light colored longwise stripes are located. The middle one is wider, less intense and run along the spine while the other two are more intense and lie across it. On the lateral surface of the body two more pale white longwise stripes are visible that separates the dark dorsal surface from the lighter abdomen.


Widespread on the island without special preference although mainly located in areas with rich vegetation coverage of low shrubs and grasses. It occurs from the coast up to the high peaks of Troodos mountain.


Feeds mainly with terrestrial invertebrates such as insects and snails.


Reproduce during spring and summer. Females lay usually from 3-6 eggs.

Global distribution: North Africa, Middle East, Cyprus, southern and eastern Turkey.


Status: Not so common.

Special protection:
• Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex III)

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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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