The body of the EUROPEAN SNAKE-EYED SKINK is elongatedand cylindrical, total (tail+body) length up to 12 cm. The head is short, hardly distinct from neck, nose blunt. Eyelids immovable; it cannot blink. Small round scales on back and belly. Legs short and thin, forelegs and hind legs widely separated. Ground colour of back bronze or olive brown. Two black streaks, with white spots on the outer edge, run along the middle of the back from the nose to hind legs. Ventral side silvery grey. It is difficult to distinguish the sexes. Juveniles lighter, usually yellowish bronze, with an orange tail.
Distibution map by our National Herpetological Mapping Program: