Takydromus sexlineatus ocellatus (Guérin-Méneville, 1829)
|Species||Takydromus sexlineatus ocellatus|
|Total length||Total length up to 25 cm; snout-vent length 7 cm.|
|Description||Body slim and slender, brown-coloured.
Two yellowish-white dorso-lateral stripes extend from behind the eyes to the tail where they gradually fade into the brown colour of the upper tail surface. Ocelli-like spotting usually present beneath the stripes.
Underside whitish tan. Snout sharply elongate. Tail very long, three to four times the body length.
All scales strongly keeled, except for the head shields.
Prefers lowland areas with tall grass and is always found in dry open spaces in full sunlight.
|Behaviour||Diurnal. Swift and agile; can dart quickly through grass and even climb tall grass stalks.
Its tail is prehensile. Frequently imported from China and sold as food for cage birds.
|Diet||Feeds on termites, woodlice, crickets and files.|
|Reproduction||Oviparous. Breeds in late spring and lays 2-3 eggs in a single clutch.|
|Distribution||Generally uncommon in most parts of the territory including all major islands.
Common at Mui Wo, Lantau Island.
Was formerly common in the vicinity of Tai Po and on Ma Wan Island, but the habitat in both areas has been destroyed by development.
Ranges from central and southern China to the northern part of Malay Peninsula.
|Conservation Status||IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)|