Tropidophorus sinicus (Boettger, 1886)
|Total length||Total length up to 15cm; snout-vent length 7.5cm.|
|Description|| Dorsum dark chocolate brown, occasionally almost black, with 10-13 rusty brown bars.
Body quite stout. Underside of body orange-yellow.
Head narrow and pointed. Labials black, with a few white flecks.
Tail thick, muscular and somewhat laterally compressed to aid in swimming.
Females larger than males. Young with whitish bars on the back and yellowish-white belly.
All scales roughly keeled except ventral scales.
Usually found close to streams, especially clear, rocky mountain streams that either have wooded margins or flow through dense forest.
|Behaviour||Both Diurnal and Nocturnal.
When uncovered and disturbed, darts quickly under another rock, or dives into the water and hides under rocks at the bottom.
Tail not as fragile as that of other skinks.
|Diet||Feeds on termites, leaf litter cockroaches, earthworm, insect larvae and other arthropods.
In captivity also feed on small lizards.
|Reproduction||Viviparous. Breeds in April. Females give birth to 3-6 young. Young some 3-4 cm in total length.
Female does not feed for several weeks prior to giving birth; resumes feeding after the young are born.
|Distribution||Found in many suitable habitats in the New Territories, where it is relatively common.
Less common on Lantau and Hong Kong islands.
Is known from Guangxi and Guangdong provinces in China, and from Vietnam.
|Conservation Status||IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)|