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Broad-Headed Skink

Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves
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. More

Broad-Headed Skink

Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves
Plestiodon laticeps
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. More

Broad-Headed Skink

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

Five-Lined Skink

Image of a 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. More

Five-Lined Skink Guarding Eggs

photo of a Five-Lined Skink Guarding Eggs
A female five-lined skink guards her eggs. More

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. More

Little Brown Skink (Ground Skink)

little brown 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. More

Northern Prairie Skink

Image of a 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. More

Southern Coal Skink

photo of juvenile southern coal skink
Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis
Few people know about this secretive lizard. It has a wide, coal-black line along its sides. During the breeding season males have an orange head. More

Southern Coal Skink (Juvenile)

photo of juvenile southern coal skink
Juvenile southern coal skinks are black with faint lines running down the back and sides. They are about 2 inches long when they first hatch. More