NORTHERN PRAIRIE SKINK

Plestiodon septentrionalis

 (Scincidae)


Description
Identified with the help of Dennis Ferraro, a herpetologist at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. This skink reaches close to 9 inches long as an adult. It's distinguishing feature is the thin white line within the broad black band running along the sides of its body (A). The head is unmarked. The specimen in "B" and "C" is a female; the male in image "A" has orange coloration on their throats.

Occurrence
This species has been rarely seen in our two nature centers. Its abundance is yet unknown, but a local herpetologist said they should be fairly common. They like grassy areas, and they hibernate, starting in September until April. They lay about 10 eggs in June. One was photographed on a large tree trunk behind the Wetlands Learning Center in Fontenelle Forest; the other along the Railroad Tracks near Childs Hollow.



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