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Broad-headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps


This spotting was about 6" long, mostly brown with some striping, and a reddish head.


This skink came from a crack between the house and the deck. It would sun itself, but retreat through the crack if it felt threatened (if I got too close). The house sits on mostly farmland--there are other houses around, but not very close. The deck is shaded by tulip poplar trees.


I saw this skink sunning itself on the deck of the house where I work. I took the pictures through the sliding glass door. If I got too close to the glass, the skink would retreat through the crack it came from.

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Broad-headed Skink
Plestiodon laticeps

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NancyRyderKing 11 years ago

Jason, no problem. I just went with the skink with two suggestions.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 11 years ago

Sorry for the wrong ID suggestion :)

LindaKing2 11 years ago

I love that you caught it yawning in the last picture :D btw I agree with Lisa that it's a Broad-head Skink.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

This is certainly a skink. There are a number of Tennessee skinks. See for more information, provided this is a wild animal and not captive.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 11 years ago

Skink ^^

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jun 5, 2013
Submitted on Jun 7, 2013

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