Scientific name : Chalcides striatus
Family : Scincidae
Native to : France, Italy, Portugal and Spain
Interesting fact : When disturbed, they run for cover under vegetation, rocks and burrows.
Conservation status : Least Concern
The Western three-toed skink, with its tiny head and limbs, looks like a snake and grows 43 cm long. Its smooth and shiny bronze-coloured body has thin longitudinal lines running down its length. The legs have three toes each giving it its name. They prefer meadows, stream edges, marshes, grassy slopes and hedges.