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Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles


Ubiquitous in Seychelles, skinks are found in large numbers on the island. The slimmer species is the Seychelles skink, while the bigger one is the Wright’s skink. Both are endemic to Seychelles. Cousin is also home to the Burrowing skink a small elongate skink with reduced limbs. As well as skinks there are endemic geckos – the bronze eyed gecko and green gecko.


Seychelles skink / Lezar mangouya / Trachylepis seychellensis

This lizard is common throughout Seychelles and especially so on Cousin, which is said to have one of the highest lizard densities in the world! These cheeky skinks are active during the day, feeding on seabird eggs, invertebrates and fallen fruits.

> See the IUCN Species Fact Sheet

wright’s SKINK

Wright’s skink / Teng teng / Trachylepis wrightii

Larger than the Seychelles skink, this skink is also active by day and feeds on seabird eggs, invertebrates and fallen fruits. This species is only found on a few islands such as Cousin, Cousine, Frégate and Aride, associated with large seabird colonies.

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Bronze eyed gecko / Ailuronyx seychellensis

This large nocturnal gecko is found both in the buildings on Cousin and on trees in the forest, where it eats insects and fruits. It is endemic to Seychelles

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green or day gecko

Green gecko / Lezar ver / Phelsuma astriata

Smaller than the Bronze gecko, this brilliantly coloured lizard is active during the day. An agile climber, they are shy and found in the forest floor rather than houses. They feed mainly on insects.

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Burrowing skink / Lezar later / Pamelaescincus gardineri

As it’s name implies, this secretive lizard spends most of it’s time burrowing in the soil and leaf litter hunting for small invertebrates.

> See the IUCN Species Fact Sheet