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Fire Skink

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GENERAL INFO

Scientific Name: Mochlus fernandi

Native Habitat: West and Central Africa

Lifespan: 12-20 years

Size: up to 14" in length

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DIFFICULTY

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.

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ENCLOSURE

36x18x12" enclosure should be provided for an adult. They enjoy digging and burrowing so provide several inches of substrate.

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ENVIRONMENT

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.

Humidity: 60-70%

Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, mixed with playsand allows for burrowing and digging.

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ENRICHMENT

Fire skinks environment should replicate a forest floor, including hiding areas, branches, leaves, moss, rocks, corkbark, etc.

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DIET

Fire skinks enjoy crickets, locusts, worms, snails, roaches, and small vertebrates.

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