Posts Tagged ‘Broad-headed Skink’

Skink

May 2, 2017

A skink was spotted during a photowalk along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The lizard is either a Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) or an adult male Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus).

This individual appears to have five (5) supralabial scales between the snout and the front of its eye, a field marker that indicates it’s probably a Broad-headed Skink.

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Rudolph the Red-nosed Skink

December 15, 2015

Rudolph the Red-nosed Skink
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows

This individual is either a Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) or an adult male Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus); it is probably the former, as indicated by a field marker used to differentiate the two species.

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Broad-headed Skink

April 5, 2014

Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps)

The preceding photo shows a lizard spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park on 24 May 2012. This individual is either a Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) or an adult male Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus), probably the former as indicated by a field marker used to differentiate the two species.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 4 in a five-part series of posts featuring two types of lizards commonly seen at Huntley Meadows Park: Broad-headed Skinks; and Common Five-lined Skinks. Next post: “More Common Five-lined Skinks (juveniles).”

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Skink stump

April 3, 2014

There is a tree stump located along “Cedar Trail” at Huntley Meadows Park that I have dubbed “Skink stump” because it seems to be a hotspot where skinks like to hang out.

The following gallery features photos of a lizard spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 25 April 2012. This individual is either a Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps) or an adult male Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus). None of the photos show a clear view of a field marker used to differentiate the two species.

The next gallery shows a Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 24 May 2012. This individual is a juvenile as indicated by its dark brown color and bright blue tail.

The last photo shows another juvenile Common Five-lined Skink spotted at “Skink stump” during a photowalk on 04 September 2013. The tail of this skink is extraordinarily blue!

04 September 2013

04 September 2013

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 in a five-part series of posts featuring two types of lizards commonly seen at Huntley Meadows Park: Broad-headed Skinks; and Common Five-lined Skinks. Next post: “Broad-headed Skink.”

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.


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