Coal skink

The Coal skink is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Coal Skink (Eumeces anthracinus) is a North-American lizard that grows to 13 to 18 cm (5 - 7 inches) in length with a maximum snout to vent length of 7 cm (2.75 inches). It is a four-lined skink whose light stripes extend onto the tail. More

The Coal Skink is state listed as a threatened species in the state of South Carolina. More

Photo of a skink General Description: The Coal Skink is 5-7in (13-17.8cm) in length with a maximum of 2.75in (7cm) head-body length. This is a 4-lined skink, but with the light stripes extending onto the tail. The broad dark lateral stripe is 4-4. More

southern coal skink, respectively, occur in Alabama (Mount 1975). They differ in minor details of pigmentation and body scalation. (Bodies of young E. a. pluvialis may be almost uniformly black in color. More

Range and Habitat: Coal skinks are patchily distributed in the eastern States. Within our region, they are only found in mountainous areas of northern Georgia and western South Carolina and in a small distinct area of western Georgia. More

Overview The Coal Skink (Eumeces anthracinus) is a North-American lizardLizardLizards are a very large and widespread group of squamate reptiles, with nearly 5,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica as well as most oceanic island chains... More

In the Midwest, the Northern Coal Skink is found only in Ohio, where it is considered a species of Special Interest. Ecology Northern Coal Skinks can be found in damp forested areas, and seek cover under leaf litter, logs, boards, bark, or rocks. More

Coal Skink and the Northern Coal Skink, are similar in appearance with four light lines and a broad stripe on their sides. More

region, coal skinks usually have only four lines on their back with the light stripes extending onto their tails. Their broad, dark lateral stripe is 2.5 to 4 scales wide, and they have no light lines on the tops of their heads. More

Some authors consider the coal skink to prefer hillsides in moist settings often in the vicinity of springs, swamps, creeks, and bogs where an abundance of leaf litter and loose stones is present (Collins 1974, Conant 1975). More

The Coal Skink is from the order Squamata. Species from this order are amphisbaenians, lizards or snakes. There are over 6,000 living species belonging to the squamata order - it is the largest order of all reptiles. More

Southern Coal Skink (Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis) = Description Habitats Habits and Life History Prey and Hunting Techniques Temperament and Defense Conservation State Distribution and Abundance More

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Northern Coal Skink (Plestiodon a. anthracinus, formerly Eumeces a. More

The (Northern) Coal Skink has first been described by Baird in 1850; the southern subspecies E.a. pluvialis was identified by Cope in 1880. The Southern Coal Skink as a subspecies has posterior supralabials with light centers and dark edges, producing a spotted appearance. More

Map of Southern Coal Skink habitat area - More

pluvialis (Southern Coal Skink), both of which, along with an intergrade population, occur in Tennessee (Conant and Collins 1998). Distribution: Populations of P. a. More

Southern Coal Skink - Eumeces anthracinus pluvialis image of adult Southern Coal Skinkimage of hatchling Southern Coal Skink Adult female southern coal skink has a dark brown stripe along its side bordered by thin light stripes. (left) Hatchling southern coal skink. More

* Northern Coal Skink Distribution Map - Herp Atlas distribution map for the Northern Coal Skink * Northern Water Snake Distribution Map - Herp Atlas distribution map for the Nothern Water Snake More

Common names

coal skink in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Scincidae
Genus : Eumeces
Species : Eumeces anthracinus
Authority : Baird, 1850