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Notes on ex-situ incubation and hatchlings of Eutropis carinata (Schneider, 1801) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka

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Thilina P Walikanna ,

The Young Zoologists’ Association, Department of National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala, LK
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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna

IUCN - Sri Lanka Country office, No: 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
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Abstract

Eutropis carinata is widely distributed skink in Sri Lanka. This observation describes ex-situ incubation and hatching of this species at Colombo district in Sri Lanka. In total, 25 eggs with two adults of E. carinata were located from a termite mound while some villagers where trying to kill a cobra (Naja naja) living in the mound. Of these skink eggs, 20 were successfully incubated. The incubation period was 30 days from the date eggs were collected. The average incubation temperature varied from 26–28°C. Mean egg length was 15.6 mm and mean egg width 10.4 mm. Mean hatchling SVL was 28.5 mm and mean TL is 41.3 mm. The mean weight of hatchlings was ~3 g and the mean total length is 69.8 mm. After about five days, hatchlings were released at the original place of the clutch.

Key Words: Eutropis carinata; ex-situ incubation; egg hatching; conservation; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2780

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 63-65
How to Cite: Walikanna, T.P. & Karunarathna, D.S., (2011). Notes on ex-situ incubation and hatchlings of Eutropis carinata (Schneider, 1801) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(1), pp.63–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2780
Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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