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Fire Skink

The fire skink, also known commonly as Fernand’s skink, the Togo fire skink, and the true fire skink, is a fairly large skink, a species of lizard in the family Scincidae. The species is known for its bright and vivid coloration.

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Other Animal Facts


They are from the tropical rainforests of western Africa


These lizards have a golden-bronze dorsal and red, black, orange, and white lateral stripes, bars and flecking. Their color may lighten or darken based on their mood.

Size & Lifespan

Most Fire Skinks average about 8-12" long and can live up to 20 years in captivity.


In the wild, fire skinks are omnivorous, meaning they will eat both plant and animal matter. In captivity, feed your skinks an assortment of crickets, mealworms, superworms, roaches, and waxworms every other day.


Hatchling fire skinks can be housed in a 15 gallon Zilla Critter Cage but adults require a minimum of a 40 Breeder Zilla Critter Cage, especially for a pair of skinks. Provide these skinks with substrates that enable burrowing. Provide a hide box and artificial foliage, driftwood, rocks, or logs for ample basking and hiding opportunities Ideal temperatures for fire skinks range from 80-85°F on the cool side and 90-95°F on the warm, basking side. These skinks require UVA/UVB fluorescent lighting to thrive.