Günther’s cylindrical skink (Chalcides guentheri) is a small, snake-like lizard with a slender, elongated body and highly reduced limbs (2) (3) (4). Its limbs consist of mere stumps, which lack digits (3) (4) and are the most highly reduced of any Chalcides species (5).
As in other skink species, the body of Günther’s cylindrical skink is covered in smooth, overlapping scales (6). Like other Chalcides species it also has a fairly pointed snout, with a large scale at the tip (3). Günther’s cylindrical skink is generally greyish-olive above, with lighter underparts. The upper side of the head is slightly darker than the rest of the body, and the scales on the upperparts of the body have dark margins (2).
The marked elongation of the body and the reduced limbs of Günther’s cylindrical skink are thought to be adaptations to living among grass and other vegetation. Its snake-like body form allows it to move rapidly through its environment using undulating, side-to-side movements of the body (3) (5) (7).
As in other Chalcides species with elongated bodies, the female Günther’s cylindrical skink is likely to grow larger than the male (3) (7).
- Snout-vent length: c. 13.2 cm (2)
- Tail length: c. 10.8 cm (2)