Origin: Western Africa Size / Longevity: Skinks have short tiny legs with short little necks and a blunt like triangular head. They have a slick body surface for burrowing themselves in the sand to evade a predator at a moments notice. Skinks seem at times to move like snakes then they do lizards. Their rather small size makes them great pets for kids. At full grown, they only get about 10 to 14 inches in length. They are very active diurnal, meaning they are mostly active during the day. Fire Skinks are bronze on the back with bright red and black down the sides. The legs and tail is black with white speckling. These animals are stunningly beautiful. Their great choice for one with not much space and will live 4 to 6 years in captivity. Habitat / Caging Requirements : Temperature should be kept around 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Three to five adults can be kept in a 20 or 30 gallon tank. Decorate the tank with wood, live plant's, sand substrate and rocks. Setup a basking area then use moss of chola wood for a hiding places. Use a water dish large enough to climb into and keep the water clean. Feeding / Nutrition : Skinks are veracious feeders' and will readily eat crickets', meal worms, super worms, fruit flies, and wax worms. It's also a good idea to dust the insects with calcium powder.