This representative of the Mabuya family lives in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, New Guinea and all of the surrounding islands. Multibanded mabui live in moist biotopes, mainly along the banks of water bodies. Despite the fact that the main type of habitat of this species is grassy meadows and thickets, these skinks are often found in settlements, even in large cities. Multi-strip mabouis climb beautifully on low vegetation, and although a digging lifestyle is not typical for them, they often dig soil in search of food. These mabui eat insects, but do not disdain ripe fruits.
These medium-sized skinks reach a length of about 30 centimeters, the tail is slightly longer than the body. The body is elongated, slightly flattened from the sides. The back is colored golden brown, the belly is grayish or yellowish. The main distinguishing feature of these mabuy is the coloring of the sides. A thin black stripe usually passes above the lateral line, however, in some individuals it is absent. A wider, yellow or red stripe runs along the side. On average, the coloration of females is paler, however, due to the wide range and significant geographical variability, exact criteria cannot be selected.
Multiband maboi are kept in cubic or horizontal type terrariums. A thick layer of soil, about 10 centimeters, is poured at the bottom. You can use crushed bark, coconut crumbs, both in pure form, or in a mixture with the ground. In the terrarium, it is necessary to arrange a lot of snags and strong branches along which animals will climb. You can plant live plants, but the skinks dig them up very quickly. Mabuyam does not need heating of the soil, it is enough to place a point source of illumination, under which the air temperature will be 30 - 32 degrees, the soil is slightly lower. The air temperature as a whole should be 27 - 28 degrees. For young animals and for the mating period, ultraviolet lighting of medium intensity is necessary. It is necessary to maintain sufficient humidity with a drinking bowl and regular spraying. Food - insects, sometimes you can give sweet fruits.