Trachylepis gravenhorstii Gravenhorst’s Mabuya
Relais du Masoala grounds, Maroantsetra, Toamasina province, MadagascarApril 30, 2007
Gravenhorst’s Mabuya (Trachylepis gravenhorstii)
In the late afternoon, my sister Mary noticed these skinks scurrying about in the ground cover near the ocean beach. They were very active, and each time I tried to sneak up on one that was temporarily in an open area, it would nervously dash off into the vegetation.

Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.

Ankarana Special Reserve, Antsiranana province, MadagascarMay 4, 2007
Gravenhorst’s Mabuya (Trachylepis gravenhorstii)
I spotted this largeish skink holding a position just off the trail on our first hike in Ankarana. I expected to see a bunch of them, but I didn't see another skink in Ankarana. I did see some skink-like Zonosaurus tsingy though.

It's nearly impossible to tell Mabuya gravenhorstii from Mabuya elegans. The two main differences are that M. gravenhorstii reaches a larger size, and has a slightly different arrangement of scales on the top of the head. I didn't get a photo that shows the head scales clearly, but this individual was large enough that I think it's probably M. gravenhorstii.

Nosy Komba, Antsiranana province, MadagascarMay 6, 2007
Gravenhorst’s Mabuya (Trachylepis gravenhorstii)
We were staying at a lodge/hotel/whatchamacallit named Jardin Vanille on Nosy Komba, right on a beautiful beach on the Mozambique Channel. From the beach up into the rainforest, piles of huge boulders make for a dramatic landscape. Various lizards patrol the boulders, including these skinks, some big Zonosaurus madagascariensis, and at least one large gray gecko that kept scuttling away before I could get close enough to photograph or even identify it.
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