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Broad-headed Skink

Broad headed skink is a type of skink found only in the southeastern United States. The species is very much arboreal, but often forage on the ground. The skink is active during the day. Males are territorial during the breeding season.

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

    Size 15 – 33 cm
    Color Brown or olive brown with an orange head during the breeding season
    Distribution Southeastern Pennsylvania, central Ohio,  Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, eastern Kansas, eastern Texas, central Florida
    Habitat Humid forest areas with plenty of leaf litter, also found in urban areas
    Diet Varieties of insects, spiders, small rodents, snails, smaller reptiles including young skinks
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter in northern regions of their geographical range
    Predators Birds, larger reptiles, domestic cats
    Breeding Season Late May – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 – 22 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 8 weeks
    Average Lifespan At least 8 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 19th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

    8 responses to “Broad-headed Skink”

    1. Jan Tomlinson says:

      What kind of holes do these skinks make? I have a number of holes in my yard about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. I have noticed light-colored skinks about 5-6″ long in my yard. Are they harmful to my grandchildren? They are always trying to catch them.

    2. Brett L Williams says:

      I live in NW Florida near Alabama line and I have seen the brown/red broad-headed in my yard during the day.

    3. Ernest says:

      Have a long red head on my porch that comes to the name of BIG BOY. Eats dried meal worms from my hand.

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