Great Plains Skink
A robust ground-dwelling skink, this species has a light tan to gray ground color, with the scales on the back and sides edged in brown or black, making it look speckled. These dark markings may combine to form irregular stripes along the back and sides. The belly is plain light gray. Body scales on the sides are in oblique (slanted) rows, and this is Missouri's only lizard species with such a scale arrangement. This is the largest species of skink in the United States.