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Coal Skink

Coal skink is a type of skink found only in North America. There are two recognized subspecies of this species. The species is mostly diurnal.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Plestiodon
    Scientific Name Plestiodon anthracinus


    Size 13–18 cm
    Color Brownish or tan with a dark stripe on the side; the heads of males exhibit red coloration during the breeding season
    Distribution Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia
    Habitat Humid regions of wooded hillsides with plenty of leaf litter or loose stones, moist forested areas near to waterbodies
    Diet Small insects, spiders, other invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Breeding Season April- May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 to 9 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 1 month
    Reproductive Age Around 2 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 17th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 7th April 2017.

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