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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Harold Young's supple skink

Thai: จิ้งเหลนเรียวลาย

Binomial name: Lygosoma haroldyoungi, Edward Harrison Taylor, 1962

The banded supple skink or Harold's writhing skink or Harold Young's supple skink (Lygosoma haroldyoungi ) is a species of skink in the family Scincidae. The species is endemic to Southeast Asia.


The specific name, haroldyoungi, is in honor of American missionary Harold Young, who worked in Burma (now Myanmar) and Thailand.

Geographic range

L. haroldyoungi is distributed in northern, central, and eastern Thailand and neighbouring Laos (Moravec and Böhme 2008). In Thailand it has been found in the provinces of Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nong Khai, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Loei. In Laos it occurs in Vientiane Province, and it is also found in Myanmar.


L. haroldyoungi is found in tropical deciduous forest and cultivated areas.

Conservation status

L. haroldyoungi is threatened by habitat loss but this is not a significant threat as it survives in agricultural areas.

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Scientific classification

Lygosoma haroldyoungi

Common names

  • German: Harold Youngs Laubskink
  • English:
    • Harold Young's supple skink
    • Harold's writhing skink
    • Banded supple skink
  • Thai: จิ้งเหลนเรียวลาย


  • Lygosoma haroldyoungi, Peter Geissler et al. (2012)
  • Lygosoma haroldyoungi, Jarujin Nabhitabhata (2004)
  • Riopa haroldyoungi, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (1999)
  • Riopa haroldyoungi, Edward Harrison Taylor (1962)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Lygosoma haroldyoungi distribution

Lygosoma haroldyoungi distribution

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Distribution map of Harold Young's supple skink, Lygosoma haroldyoungi in Thailand

Range map of Lygosoma haroldyoungi in Thailand

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