Scincus – Desert skinks

Neckless lizards of the desert of Sahara and Arabia

Members of this genus are small lizards with reduced limbs and muscular tails and are excellent burrowers. Additionally, they have flat bellies with unique features that enable them to breathe while submerged in sand.

They burrow beneath the sand to prevent overheating and conceal themselves from predators or ambush victims. They are not found in groups or colonies when seen in the wild; instead, they are found alone. It is challenging to determine their conservation status because they are elusive and inhabit deserts.