like the sand boa to live in the soft sand is the sand skink (Scincus
mitranus ) popularly known as the sand fish . In the
early morning it can be observed basking on the sunny flank of
a sand-dune but will "dive" into the soft sand and glide
away under the surface at the slightest disturbance. It has a
wedge-like snout and smooth scales enabling it to move rapidly
in the soft substrate. Very glossy reddish-pink to brown in colour
it feeds on insects and grows to about 15 cms .
The common garden skink (Chalcides ocellatus) is only found
in and around cultivations as well as in gardens in the cities
and seems to be absent from the open desert or the dry mountains.
Reaching a length of approximately 20 cms it lacks the spade-like
snout of the sand fish but has the same smooth scales and
glossy hue. Dark brown in colour it favours dry leaves as a hiding
place and is very often found living in compost heaps, where it
hunts for insects.