African Gold Skink

Eumeces schneideri

Order: Squamata


Husbandry Information

Housing Requirements

  • 20 gallon aquarium with bedding such as sand, paper bedding, or reptile bark or on newspaper with supplemental hide boxes available.
  • Daylight basking lamp and night lamp if the temperature drops below 72*F

Diet Requirements

  • Insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms) or earthworm pieces.

Veterinary Concerns

  • If housing on sand, feed in a separate tank to avoid sand ingestion.
  • Monitor toes and tail for retained scales.

Notes on Enrichment & Training

  • Check out the Reptelligence Facebook page and Reptelligence website for enrichment and training inspiration.
  • Varied substrate, hide boxes, scent tubes, artifical plant rotation, varied diet
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: We would occasionally supplement diet with a small amount of fruits, but no more than 3-4 times per year. We saw a preference for mango or watermelon pieces.


Colony or Breeding Management

Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes.

Individual Identification

Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes).

Programmatic Information


Temperature Guidelines



Tips on Presentation

Touching Techniques

Tips on Handling


Potential Messaging

  • In general, animals seen at the zoo do not make good pets. Most have specialized dietary, veterinary, housing, and social needs that are difficult or impossible for even dedicated pet owners to meet. Always ensure that your future pet has not been taken from the wild. Capture of wild animals for the pet trade has significantly damaged the survival prospects of species such as sloths, tamanduas, and many parrots. Captured animals are typically mistreated by profit-motivated traffickers and dealers, resulting in many animal deaths; well-meaning animal lovers may feel like they are rescuing animals by purchasing them but are really perpetuating the cruelty. In addition, many exotic pets are released by their owners when they become too dangerous or demanding, often with devastating effects on local ecosystems. Animals that should never be kept as pets include all bats, primates, and exotic carnivores. Birds, fish, and reptiles have specialized needs, are frequently wild-caught, and damage the local environment if released; guests should be advised to educate themselves and proceed with caution. Domestic dogs and cats are almost always the best option! Many deserving animals are available for adoption at animal shelters.

Acquisition Information


Comments from the Rating System

  • Pittsburgh Zoo: A little small for most programs, but a very friendly lizard.
  • Zoo Miami: Moderate value due to species commonplace in the pet trade and small size, however markings are attractive and animal is considered “cute” and easy to handle making it a good bridge for guests who would typically avoid lizards and other reptiles.

Natural History Information

Range and Habitat

desert regions of Northern Africa and Western parts of Asia

Physical Description

  • small yellow/brown lizard
  • can reach 14-16″ overall length
  • Body is long but narrow.

Life Cycle




  • Nocturnal
  • They tend to bury themselves during the day if substrate is available.


Threats and Conservation Status


Did you know…

  • Also known as Berber Skink and Schneider’s Skink in honor of German zoologist, Johann Gottlob Theaenus Schneider




Any Documents to attach, species spotlights, etc.

Contributors and Citations

  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Houston Zoo, Natural Encounters
  • Zoo Miami