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Prairie Skink

The Prairie Skink has two subspecies and is one of the only five types of lizards found in Canada.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Plestiodon
    Species P. septentrionalis
    Scientific Name Plestiodonseptentrionalis


    Length 13 to 22 cm (5 to 9 inches)
    Coloration Brown to tan base coloration with several thin light color stripes
    Distribution Prairies regions in the east of the Rocky Mountains in North America
    Habitat Sandy areas and open grasslands with loose soil
    Diet Small invertebrates like spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, etc. (avoid ants)
    Breeding Season Spring
    Clutch Size 8-10 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 1st 2017 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 2nd June 2017.

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