The Berber Skink (Eumeces schneideri)
is also known as Schneiders Skink and the Dotted
Skink. This skink species has a long body, and
short legs. Their colouration is normally tan or sand,
with lighter undersides.
The Berber Skink is native to Northwestern
Africa and Western Asia. They grow to sizes of 14 to
16 inches, and can live up to 20 years.
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of Berber Skinks to see what these skinks
Map of Berber Skink Population Range
Berber Skinks Diet
The Berber Skink is an omnivore.
They need a balanced diet of meat protein and vegetables.
Insects are the main source of protein for Berber Skinks.
Offer them crickets,
(not often, there are fatty), silkworms,
and earthworms (if they will eat them). Pinky mice can
be offered once in a while as well if your Berber
Skink is large enough.
As for the vegetables, feed them a mixture of sweet
potatoes, carrots, beans, and softened or mashed fruits.
Keep a water dish in the enclosure at all times, and
make sure to clean the water daily. You can place small
fish in the water dish as well, which may be eaten by
some Berber Skinks.
Lighting, Temperature & Humidity
The main light source needs to be full-spectrum UVB
lighting. Keep the lights on a 12 hour cycle. Temperatures
during the day need to be around 87 degrees F, while
night time temperatures should be lowered to 65 degrees
F. During the daytime, a basking spot for your Berber
Skink should be available that reaches 100
degrees F. The heat can be achieved by using incandescent
bulbs, a ceramic heat emitter, or a heat pad for the
underside of the enclosure, or a combination. Keep the
humidity levels fairly low, around 20%.
Berber Skink Habitat Requirements
A 20 gallon glass aquarium is a good starting point
for a Berber Skink. A larger enclosure is always better.
Provide hiding places and a few branches for climbing
and basking. Berber Skinks are burrowers,
so the substrate needs to be deep. A minimum of 3 inches
is normally sufficient. Use peat moss, sphagnum moss,
or similar mulch type substrate. Play sand can also
be used if kept slightly dampened.