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Broad-headed Skink
2007-02-13 10:25:20

The Broad-headed Skink, Eumeces laticeps, is, along with the Great Plains Skink, the largest skink in the family Eumeces. Although these skinks occur in urban areas, their main habitat is humid forest areas with abundant leaf litter. They particularly like Oak forest. They are found in the southeastern states of the United States, from the East Coast to Kansas and eastern Texas and from Ohio to...

Coal Skink
2007-02-13 10:23:00

The Coal Skink, Eumeces anthracinus, is a North American lizard lives in humid portions of wooded hillsides with abundant leaf litter or loose stones. Their habitat may also include areas around springs and rocky bluffs overlooking creek valleys. They will dive into shallow water and hide under rocks and other debris when disturbed. The coal skink grows 5 to 7 inches long with a snout length...

Gilberts Skink
2005-06-22 14:13:57

Gilbert's Skink (Eumeces gilberti) is a heavy-bodied medium-sized lizard found in the south-western United States. It grows to about 2.75 to 4.75 inches (7 to 12 cm) total length. Taxonomy Eumeces gilberti was first described by Van Denburgh in 1896. It was named in honor of Van Denburgh's teacher, Dr. Charles H. Gilbert (1859 - 1928), who at the time was a professor of zoology at...

Great Plains Skink
2005-06-22 14:10:09

The Great Plains Skink (Eumeces obsoletus) is - together with the Broad-headed Skink - the largest skink of the genus Eumeces. It reaches a length of 3.5 to 5 inches (9 to 13 cm) from snout to vent or up to nearly 13.5 in (34 cm) total length (including the tail). This lizard is light gray or beige in color; its dorsal scales have black or dark brown edges. The scales on the sides run...

Western Skink
2005-06-15 13:20:42

The Western Skink (Eumeces skiltonianus) is a small, smooth-scaled lizard with relatively small limbs, measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) from snout to vent. It is one of five species of lizards in Canada. Taxonomy Baird and Girard described Skilton's Skink in 1852 and named it in honor of one Dr. Avery J. Skilton, who had sent them specimen of the species. Tanner (1957) identified...

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