Madagascar Water Skink Lizard - Madascincus melanopleura - Common Madagascar Skink
Madagascar Skink are found quite easily in most of Africa, but in Madagascar some have evolved some really peculiar habits. There are numerous fossorial species (dwelling underground), several leaf-litter swimmers, and even acquatic species. The only ones I was able to photograph, which we found in our bucket traps, were leaf-litter swimmers. Typical of skinks, they show dramatic limb reduction, though unlike species IÍve found before, they have not completely lost any limbs. They also have extremely elongated tails, helping them swim through the undergrowth.