BERBER SKINK (eumeces schneideri)
my skink "DIGIT"
He's a male, weights 90 grams
I bought him in Dec. 1996
Well-developed legs, shiny scales, brown or grey with yellow or
To northwest Africa east to western Asia.
Grows up to 45cm (male).
close-up of the head
Up to 20 years.
cage Dry terrarium, at least 80x40x40 cm with plenty of hiding places and slightly damp area on its coolest corner.
Substrate thick enough to allow lizard to burrow in it. Fine sand is very good.
Local hot spot up to 40°C
UVB-lightning 12-14 hours/ day.
Insects, crickets, mealworms, small pieces of meat, high quality
catfood, sometimes mashed fruits.
+ Calcium and vitamin supplements. Feed every second day.
Always available, fresh and clean. Spray water every day.
behavior These skinks become tame very quickly, but there's no need to handle them often.
You can let the lizard crawl on a floor sometimes, but first make sure:
-he can't get behind bookshelfs etc.
-no doors open to other rooms, he might be too fast for you!
-no other pets around
-make sure that the room is warm enough
You can keep lizards together in pairs, female-female, female-male, do not put 2 males together.
You can also put other same-sized skinks with berber skinks,
start carefully and take one of the lizards away if they start to fight!
lays 1-3 eggs in terrariums.
FOR MORE QUESTIONS and IF YOU OWN A BERBER
by Milla Honkarinta, Finland
photos ©Milla Honkarinta
updated August 2006