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Broad-headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps

Description:

A species of skink. Please help, there are a few different things it could be and I would hate to leave it unclassified.

Habitat:

Brooker Creek Nature Preserve-flatwoods, marsh area

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4 Comments

pennymomof2
pennymomof2 7 years ago

So should I just name is Skink and leave it at that? Responses from multiple people please.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

The problem with calling it a broad-headed skink is that there is zero way to tell between it and southeastern five-lined skink based on these photos. This is an immature male and can be of either species and you have no way of knowing.

pennymomof2
pennymomof2 7 years ago

Thanks Ashley! When I was looking I thought maybe the broad-headed skink but I am not real familiar with them. I will tag him as that. If someone knows different I can always change the information.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

The genus Jamie suggested is not found in North America. This is either a Southeastern Five-lined Skink or a Broad-headed Skink. The only way to tell them apart is by examining the underside of the tail. Five-lined Skinks are also very similar but are not found in this part of the state.

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pennymomof2

Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 23, 2014
Submitted on Feb 24, 2014

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