Scincidae – Skinks

These lizards look and move like snakes with tiny legs

Skinks vary greatly in size and color as one of the largest lizard families. True to their lizard identity, skinks can shed their tails if you try to catch them. In fact, because of their wiggling movement and lightning speed, it’s extremely hard to get hold of small skinks (it’s fun, though, ever tried to catch a garden skink?).

Most skinks are harmless, but a few can be poisonous if eaten. One thing that is true of all skinks is that they love to dig. Skinks live in burrows and are diurnal (roam during the daytime). Skinks, depending upon size, feed on insects (or some on earthworms and snails) and are natural pest controllers.