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Scientific Name: Lygosoma fernandi
Habitat: Woodlands and forests
Diet: Insects, worms and small mammals
Life span: 12 to 20 years
Young: 3 to 6 eggs per clutch
Size: 60-80 g (2-3 oz)

Lygosoma fernandi, commonly known as the Fire Skink, are not a well-studied species. They are found in numerous forested locations in Africa, and have been observed living in burrows to remain cool during high temperatures. However, during wet seasons they will spend more time above ground. Their diet consists of small lizards and beetles. They are considered to be a giant skink, reaching around fifteen inches in length.

Fun Fact: Fire skinks prefer to spend most of their time burrowed under leaves, logs and bark.


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Range: Parts of Africa


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Status: Not assessed

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