Scientific Name: Mochlus fernandi
Native Habitat: West and Central Africa
Lifespan: 12-20 years
Size: up to 14" in length
Temperament: Cautious and inquisitive
Ease of handling: Can be shy at first, but with frequent interaction they can become quite social.
Skill level: Beginner
Activity level: Diunral, active.
36x18x12" enclosure should be provided for an adult. They enjoy digging and burrowing so provide several inches of substrate.
Temperature: Basking spot should be around 35°C, with the cool end between 22-25°C.
Lighting: UVB is necessary for a healthy fire skink.
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, mixed with playsand allows for burrowing and digging.
Fire skinks environment should replicate a forest floor, including hiding areas, branches, leaves, moss, rocks, corkbark, etc.
Fire skinks enjoy crickets, locusts, worms, snails, roaches, and small vertebrates.
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