Plestiodon sp. Plestiodon sp.    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Scincidae   >   Genus Plestiodon   


The most reliable method to separate Broad-headed from Five-lined Skink is to count facial scales. Close-up head shots can sometimes be used to ID confidently to species. Broad-headed show five labial scales anterior to the subocular scale on the face, and lacks postlabial scales in front of the ear canal. Five-lined shows four labial scales anterior to the subocular, and two postlabial scales (Conant & Collins, 1998).

There are 240 records in the project database.

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Plestiodon species in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/11/2023). (c) karyorelicta, all rights reserved. Photo by karyorelicta via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

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