Berber Skink

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Berber Skink Natural History

Size

The size of this species can vary substantially from 30cm to 45cm.

Habitat and Distribution

This is a desert dwelling species which can be found in much of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sinai, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Age

Around 15 years is an average life span for this species.

Diet

The majority of this species diet is made up of insects, and large individuals may eat baby vertebrates such as mice.

Groups and Breeding

These lizards can generally be found on their own or in pairs.  The female will bury 1 to 6 eggs in a nest which hatch after approximately 40 days.

Threats

Even though this species is often caught for the pet trade, it is very common and has a very wide range and as such faces few threats in the wild.

Interesting facts

When threatened, this species can drop its tail and re-grow a new one over time (however while functional the new tail will never look the same as the original).

The Berber Skink During Your Day Out in Kent

The berber skink (some times also known as schneider’s skink) can be found in the reptile house.  This can some times be quite an elusive species which spends much of its time under the substrate (in this case sand) – so if you don’t see it first time around take another look later, or see if you can spot some nostrils poking out from the sand at the bottom of its enclosure.  Being an insectivore, it gets fed a mixture of crickets, mealworms and waxworms at the park.