Northern Prairie Skink
A skink with many stripes and a long tail. There are two subspecies in our state, and they look quite similar. In general, these skinks have a longer tail than all other Missouri skinks. The ground color is tan to olive brown. There is a faint, light stripe down the back and one or two wide dark stripes along the sides. During the breeding season, males have reddigh orange on the head. The northern prairie skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis septentrionalis) has more dark striping along the body and tail than the slightly smaller southern prairie skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis obtusirostris), whose stripes are fewer and fainter. Another way to tell them apart is their location (see Distribution notes below).