Many-lined Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciata)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 5th February 2016

This carcass of a Many-lined Sun Skink was likely accidentally killed by an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris).

The resident male Oriental Pied Hornbill often seen at the Wetland Centre in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve has a habit of perching on a particular metal standee. Sometimes, when he takes off, he launches himself with such force that he tips the standee and it topples over. On this occasion, upon righting the standee, I discovered that a Many-lined Sun Skink had been crushed beneath. The unfortunate Skink had probably been basking or foraging on the ground when the Hornbill landed on the standee and then took off, causing it to fall over and crush the Skink.

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