dimanche 23 août 2020

Sand Skin

         sand skink

sand skink


sand skinksand skink surface is known as the sandfish due to the "dive" method in the sand dunes beaches.
Skink is a lizard up to 20 cm long. He lives in the desert among the dunes. He moves there with amazing speed.
They say he is "swimming" in this shift. He was called a sandfish. It is true that he only uses his short legs, but above all he makes his body wavy to improve sand slipping.

skink has no shelter. In case of danger, he is buried himself, literally drowning in hot sand.
His eyes and ears, protected by scales, were perfectly adapted to this secret life.
Arabs used to use dried peeling and crushing meat to make treatments.

In 1768, a European doctor baptized him. This lizard was also used for cooking.


Skink is developing in the desert regions of North Africa and the Near East. Wide area: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Sinai, Israel, Jordan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal ...
In front of many predators have a lot to throw out. In the desert, the most magnificent of this lizard is the sand snake, screen lizard and small predators like foxes.
To succeed in catching the skink, her enemies are watching him when it comes to the sun on the surface or when he hunted.
When the weather is very hot or cold, the crust sank and can drop to a depth of one meter.
Cold, numbs in the heart of the sand as soon as the temperature drops to 18 ° C.
This heat should be maintained until February. At this time, you can gradually increase the lighting and temperature until you return to normal. This is when mating occurs. During this period, it is necessary to feed the breeders with foods rich in vitamins and calcium, paying particular attention to females, because the hard work awaits them.
In order to find out the skink consumers, their motivations and estimate the methods of consumption, a survey was conducted among 660 consumers, including 81% men, aged 34 years of different groups, professional origins and tributaries. The results showed that 96% of those interviewed had already eaten sand fish.
It is consumed as a cheaper and protein-free source by half of consumers, as food and for medical reasons. The high-consumption classes are 49%, respectively, in the spring and 37% in the summer. The supply of sand fish by fishing 72.31% by purchase. Donations and barter also represent a 7.51% lower stake.
sand skink
The purchase price is closely related to the hunting season and the form of sale. Consumers of interest preferred the method of cooking "roast skewers or" 39%, traditional dishes 31%, the remaining 30% prefer dried fish


In the wild, this lizard is a predator swallowing in the shape of children mice, small lizards and other small animals that cross it in its path; it also eats, a dead animal. In addition to its taste for live prey, it also consumes some plants.
In captivity, canned dog food mixed with sliced ​​fruits and vegetables can be fed into thin slices. In addition, it is good to present to him, from time to time, insects such as cockroaches and meal worms and do not forget to add vitamins and calcium supplements to their food.

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