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Ground Skink

Ground skink is a species of small skink occurring in eastern United States and northern Mexico. It spends most of its time under leaf litter on the forest floor.  The species is diurnal, but may become active at night. Unlike other skinks, it rarely climbs trees.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Scincidae
    Genus Scincella
    Scientific Name Scincella lateralis


    Other Names Little Brown Skink
    Size 3 – 5.5 in
    Color Coppery or golden brown to almost black with a dark stripe running along the sides of the body; underside is white or yellow
    Distribution New Jersey, Ohio, Kansas, Texas, Florida in the United States, northern Mexico
    Habitat Deciduous or mixed deciduous/coniferous forests, hedgerows, edges of streams and ponds
    Diet Small insects, spiders, other arthropods
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during the cold months
    Predators Snakes, birds
    Breeding Season Spring and start of summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 7 eggs
    Incubation Period 1 to 2 months
    Reproductive Age 1 year of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 15th 2016 by under Skinks. Article was last reviewed on 8th August 2018.

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