Full name: Eumeces schneideri (Daudin, 1802)

This family includes 1.560 species and is the largest family of lizards. Representatives of this family can be found around the planet with the exception of the continent of Antartica while they exhibit impressive diversity both in size (from 2-35cm) and in their morphology and behavior. The main characteristic of the representatives of this family are the reduce limbs, the absence of pronounce neck, the smooth skin surface and the densely arranged overlapping scales. Due to the reduced small size limbs, the movement of these lizards resembles more the movement of snakes than of other typical lizards. The limbs are totally absent from some representatives of the family. In Cyprus, this family is represented by four species; these are the Snake-eyed Skink, the Ocellated Skink, the Bridled Skink and the Schneider’s Skink.

Medium sized lizard that can reach 50cm in body length, including the tail. Smooth shiny back with a united greyish color and a pale white abdomen. On the lateral surface a thin bright orange strip is detected that extends from head to tail.


Found mostly in open areas of Mediterranean maquis of phrygana. Seems to avoid wet areas such as rivers or dams. It occurs from the coast to an altitude of 1.700m.


It feeds mainly on terrestrial invertebrates such as spiders, insects and snails.


Reproduce during spring and summer. Females lay from 6-20 eggs.

Global distribution: North Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Middle East to Pakistan, northwestern India, Turkey, Cyprus.


Status: Rare.


Special protection:
• Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex III)

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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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