Ground skink

The Ground 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 Ground Skink is a type of lizard. It is usually tan or reddish-brown in color and between 3 to 6 inches long. The ground skink has a broad dark stripe running down both sides of its body and its tail. More

The Ground Skink is found throughout much of the Eastern United States, from New Jersey, Ohio , and Kansas south to Texas and Florida, as well as into northern Mexico. It is absent from higher elevations in the Appalachian Mountains. More

The Tonga Ground Skink (Tachygia microlepis) is an extinct species of skink in the Scincidae family. It was found only in Tonga. Source - * World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Tachygia microlepis. More

The Ground Skink is a small brownish, bronze, or blackish lizard. A broad dark stripe, about 1.5 scales wide, runs down each side, extending from the nostril through the eye and down the length of the body to the tail. More

A newly hatched ground skink (top right), is so small it will fit on a dime. T his prairie racerunner (bottom) illustrates the differences between lizards and snakes. Lizards have eyelids and ear openings, snakes don't. More

Ground skink has smooth scales, short limbs, a small transparent membrane on the lower eyelid, and no supranasal scales. This is a distinctive species not easily confused with other skink due to its polished characteristics. More

Ground Skink, Scincella lateralis Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata More

6 cm) The ground skink is small, smooth, and brown with a dark stripe along its side. The shade of brown varies from reddish or chocolate to light golden brown and often matches the leaf litter where the lizard lives. More

Ground Skink / Little Brown SkinkScincella lateralis At-a-Glance • Peak Breeding Activity: January-August • Typical Foods: insects and spiders Description The best field mark is the dark brown stripe, bordered by dark brown or black, running More

The Ground Skink is common to abundant rangewide. Description - The Ground Skink is a small (8–13 cm), golden brown lizard with a dark brown or black lateral stripe (Conant and Collins 1991). More

A Ground Skink on the prowl seems to swim through the leaf litter rather than crawl. As one might expect, only very tiny prey is consumed. More

Ground skinks can be locally abundant, but most people wouldn't even know they existed. They are fairly secretive and spend most of their time rooting through leaf litter looking for food. Usually the only clue of their presence is the rustling of the leaves. More

Ground skinks have a transparent disk in the lower eyelid (known as a nictitating membrane) that covers and protects the eye. More

The five-lined ground skink is found throughout Florida in woods, grassy areas, and barrier islands. It is a type of lizard that is active during the day and feeds on insects, spiders, other lizards, and earthworms. More

The Ground Skink is our smallest lizard. Adults are from 3 to 5 inches in total length. These little lizards have smooth, shiny scales and tiny legs and feet. Ground Skinks are found throughout South Carolina. More

Prey: Ground skinks prey on tiny insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Reproduction: Female ground skinks lay clutches of several eggs in moist soil or rotten logs during the summer. It is suspected that ground skinks may lay several clutches per season. More

The Ground 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

Common names

Encinela norteña in Spanish - español
ground skink in English - English
Ground Skink, Little Brown Skink in English - English
Little Brown Skink in English - English
Scincella lateralis in French - français

Order : Squamata
Family : Scincidae
Genus : Scincella
Species : Scincella lateralis
Authority : SAY 1823