Little Brown Skink (Ground Skink)
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. Missouri's smallest species of lizard has a brown or grayish-brown ground color with a wide, dark brown or black stripe down each side on the back, from the shout to midtail. Usually there are small dark flecks on the back and sides. The belly is light yellow, white, or gray. This is the only Missouri lizard with a clear scale on its lower eyelid, enabling it to see when the eyelids are closed.