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Five-Lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus
Often called the "blue-tailed" skink for the coloration of juveniles, this is Missouri's most common skink. Adults are olive or tan with lengthwise stripes.

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Five-Lined Skink Guarding Eggs

A female five-lined skink guards her eggs.

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Great Plains Skink

Plestiodon obsoletus
A tan or light brown lizard with most of the scales edged in black, making it look speckled. These markings may form irregular lines along the back and sides. In Missouri, found only in our far western and southwestern counties.

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Collared Lizard

Houf Collared Lizard

Collared Lizard At Peck Ranch Conservation Area

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Little Brown Skink (Ground Skink)

Scincella lateralis
Aptly named, these ground-dwellers have dark brown or black stripes and speckling along their sides. Hiking along a forest trail, you may hear these small lizards scurrying through dead leaves, but you seldom see them.

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Missouri is home to 13 kinds of lizards, all of which are harmless and non-venomous. Learn where Missouri's lizards live, what they eat, what eats them, and how you can make room for them on your land.

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Mountain Boomers Boom Back

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Liberated by fire, eastern collared lizards once again inhabit Stegall Mountain.

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Northern Prairie Skink

Plestiodon septentrionalis septentrionalis
There are two subspecies of prairie skinks in Missouri, and they look quite similar. In general, they both have longer tails than all other Missouri skinks. In Missouri, these lizards are rare.

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Prairie Lizard (Northern Fence Lizard)

Sceloporus consobrinus
The small, gray to brown, rough-scaled prairie lizard is common in open forests. It often lives around country homes and rock gardens and on stacks of firewood and split rail fences.

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"Reflections" for the November 1997 Missouri Conservationist.

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