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Fire Skink

Fire skink is a species of large skink native to Western Africa. The species is diurnal and is known to be shy and reclusive. It is primarily insectivorous.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Scincidae
    Subfamily Scincinae
    Genus Lepidothyris
    Scientific Name Lepidothyris fernandi


    Other Names True Fire Skink, Togo Fire Skink, African Fire Skink
    Size Up to 37 cm
    Color Bright red with black and white spots along the sides; back is bronze to golden while the tail is black with tiny white spots
    Distribution Guinea, East of Zaire, Uganda, Angola, Kenya
    Habitat Rainforests, open woodlands and scrub along the edges of grasslands
    Diet Insects like crickets
    Breeding Season Early spring to middle of Autumn
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 9 eggs
    Incubation Period 40 to 50 days
    Average Lifespan 15 to 20 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on November 16th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 7th April 2017.

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