Native skink

There is only one native skink in Mauritius and it is the smallest of all the skinks.

Bouton’s skink Cryptoblepharus boutonii

This skink is terrestrial, but can climb high on vertical rock faces and occasionally up in the vegetation. It has a long smooth scaled body, with long legs and slender, clawed toes. Their colouration varies from ‘metallic’ grey to light or dark brown with a fine speckled pattern. Usually they have a lighter stripe from the back of the head on each side of the body. They are diurnal, very fast moving and are most found in and around rocky crevices of their rocky habitat. There are only two very small populations remaining on coastal Mauritius, but they are found on several of the offshore islands.