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Thanks for the ID. I have another Widow Skimmer from a previous spotting, but it looks different. The body is a completely different color (though the black bars on the wings are similar and the overall shape and size is the same).
What do you think?
Probably a broad-headed skink as mentioned above, but five-lined skinks look similar in breeding colors. The way to tell is a look at the upper labials (scales on the lips) and relative size. If you can get a close-up of the head next time, it'd help narrow down the species!
This doesn't quite have the look of an ornate box turtle and many three-toeds have similar patterns. In the future, be sure to get a plastron (bottom part of the shell) photo to include to tell for sure. Ornates have an intricate pattern on their plastron as well. Three-toeds rarely have any pattern but are normally a plain yellow or tan color with very few markings at all.