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Plestiodon Skink

Plestiodon sp.


Skink with a reddish head and some blue on the tail


Sandy pine and oak area at the entrance of some trails on the UCF campus

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AshleyT 6 years ago

Even more fun to try and catch them haha. Annoying the only way to ID them is to have them in hand, rarely do I succeed in catching them ;)

Machi 6 years ago

Yes, and they even make it difficult to photograph them because they are so quick!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Of course! The skinks in the southeast can be tricky for sure, at least you got a close up photo of the head so I could count the lip scales. If not, broadhead skink would be another possibility haha

Machi 6 years ago

Thanks for the help Ashley!

AshleyT 6 years ago

It's either a five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) or a southeastern five-lined skink (Plestiodon inexpectarus). Only way to tell them apart is by checking the scales underneath the tail; one species has an enlarged row of scales and the other species has all the scales the same size. So will just have to leave it at genus level!

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Spotted on Mar 26, 2015
Submitted on Apr 1, 2015


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