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Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps)
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Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps)

General Description: Young Broad-headed Skinks (Eumeces laticeps) are black with 5 yellow lines, a bright blue tail, and glossy-smooth scales. As they age, they loose the blue tail and the other colors fade. Adults are large and stout, growing to about 17 inches. The back is gray-green, and the sides are marked with a wide dark band set off with lighter stripes. In males, the jaws flare as the animal ages, giving males a "broad headed" appearance, and in the breeding season, males get red on the face. This species is a good tree climber.

Taxonomy: Skink Family (Scincidae).

Habitat: Moist, forested habitats with ample leaf litter.

Where to Find: Don't look for Broad-headed Skinks around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in the southeastern US.

Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps) Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps)
Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps) Broad-headed Skink (Eumeces laticeps)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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