Acontias schmitzi
Status: Least Concern
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Acontias
Threat: harmless
Venom/Toxin: none
Description: A medium-sized limbless species of skink, with the eyes covered by more than one scale, no ear openings, clear scale covering the pineal foramen. It is distinguishable from all other species by the combination of the concealed eye, four chin shields bordering the mental, 14 scale rows at midbody, 173 ventral scales (from chin shield to cloaca), and a color pattern characterized by a dark dorsum and a pale ventrum.

General Information

The lavushi manda skink or Schmitzi's legless skink is endemic to Zambia. There is very little information available on this new species as only two occurrences were confirmed.

Ecology and Behaviour

The lavushi manda skink or Schmitzi's legless skink is a burrowing skink found in the deep sands in the Miombo woodland. It is a terrestrial species that stays on land.

Diet

Conservation

It is categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as, " Least Concern ".
Trend: decreasing

Distribution and Habitat

It prefers dry savannah and sandy plains. Two species were recorded in the Kataba Reserve (15°23.015’S, 23°23.729’E), near Mongu, Western Province. It is endemic to Zambia.

Interaction with humans

Featured Listings

No results found.

Related Pages/Posts

Nile Monitor

Nile Monitor

Nyika Whistling Chameleon

Nyika Whistling Chameleon

Vipers & Adders

Vipers & Adders

African Dwarf Mud Turtle

African Dwarf Mud Turtle

Kafue Reed Frog

Kafue Reed Frog

Southern African Python

Southern African Python

Variable Mud Turtle

Variable Mud Turtle

Southern Tree Agama

Southern Tree Agama