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Wildlife managers reintroduce collared lizards to restored habitats.

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Amphibians and Reptiles

You know them as frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and lizards. Get acquainted with all of Missouri's fascinating herptiles, including 43 amphibians and 75 species and subspecies of reptiles.

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Photo of a broad-headed skink, a striped, brownish lizard, held in a hand

Broad-Headed Skink

Broad-headed skinks have a large, wide head and, during the breeding season, the heads of males become slightly swollen and orangish-red. The rest of the body has a few faint stripes. Adult females are more prominently marked with light and dark stripes.

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Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities.

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Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps
The broad-headed skink is a large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard that lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities.

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Photo of a female broad-headed skink held in a person's hands.

Broad-Headed Skink

Oldtimers used to call broad-headed skinks "scorpions," but these lizards are completely unrelated to those spider-like creatures and are certainly not poisonous. This photo was taken in Florida.

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Photo of a broad-headed skink on a tree trunk in Florida.

Broad-Headed Skink

This is Missouri's largest forest-dwelling skink. Broad-headed skinks spend much of their time in large trees but will come to the ground to search for insects. This photo was taken in Florida.

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Collared Lizard Draws Paparazzi

Photographers flocked to take pictures of a pair of collared lizards that made an appearance at Stegall Mountain Natural Area during the elk-restoration media tour.

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Eastern Collared Lizard

Video of an Eastern collared lizard in the wild.

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Image of an eastern collared lizard

Eastern Collared Lizard

Crotaphytus collaris
The eastern collared lizard is colorful and has a long tail. If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, it often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright.

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