Eutropis multifasciata

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Eutropis multifasciata

Eutropis multifasciata, commonly known as the East Indian brown mabuya, many-lined sun skink, many-striped skink, common sun skink or (ambiguously) as golden skink, is a species of skink.

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Scincidae
  • Genus: Eutropis
  • Species: E. multifasciata
  • Binomial name: Eutropis multifasciata


Measuring about 137 mm in snout-vent length, they have robust bodies with a distinct head and short snout. The dorsal is bronze-brown, sometimes with a series of thin black stripes down the back. Sides are either blackish with white spots or orange from the back of the ear to the hind limbs.

The hind limb reaches the wrist or the elbow of the adpressed fore limb. Subdigital lamellae smooth. Scales on upper surface of tibia mostly tricarinate. Tail 1.3 to 1.6 times length of head and body. Brown or olive above ; some specimens uniform, or with a large whitish (red) patch on each side; back frequently with small black spots, sometimes confluent into longitudinal lines; sides frequently dark brown, with whitish, black-edged ocelli; a well-defined light dorso-lateral band seldom present; lower surfaces yellowish or greenish white.


Forest, Mangroves, Parks & Gardens, Terrestrial


Distributed from southern China and north-eastern India and throughout Southeast Asia.

Nature Reserves

Central Catchment Nature Reserve

Parks & Gardens

Pasir Ris Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Eutropis multifasciata images

Image by Erik Karits from Pixabay

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