Acontias percivali

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Percival's Lance Skink
Acontias percivali
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Acontias
Species: A. percivali
Binomial name
Acontias percivali
(Loveridge, 1935)
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Acontias percivali, also known as Percival's legless lizard, Tanzanian legless lizard, and Percival's lance skink, is a small, legless (snake-like) species of lizard in the family Scincidae, collectively known as "skinks".

Distribution[edit]

The species' range is limited to continental Africa and includes regions of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Angola, and Tanzania.

Habitat[edit]

Percival's lance skink inhabits savannas by burrowing just below the surface of the soil.

Subspecies[edit]

The three subspecies of A. percivali are:

  • A. p. tasmani
  • A. p. occidentalis
  • A. p. percivali

A. p. tasmani may be a subspecies of Acontias meleagris as seen after DNA sequencing tests.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Percival's lance skink can be identified by its copper-brown back and gold underside. It is an insectivores that specializes in feeding on beetle larvae, earthworms, and other slow-moving invertebrates. It is ovoviviparous) and has one to five young at a time.

As pets[edit]

Although this animal is poorly understood, it is occasionally seen in pet shops. Most Acontias specimens in the pet trade are wild-collected. In captivity, they require a deep layer of sandy substrate and hollow hiding places on the surface. Captive breeding is possible, but currently has not been accomplished commercially.

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