Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis (Say in James, 1823)Coastal Plain only  Synonyms: Ground Skink.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Scincidae   >   Genus Scincella   


Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis) is a small terrestrial lizard species of wooded habitats through a large portion of North America. This drably-colored, well-camouflaged skink may be easily overlooked as it skitters inconspicuously through leaf litter and debris on the forest floor. Little Brown Skinks are quick to retreat under cover if they feel threatened. Apparently, this skink favors moister microhabitats, such as the vicinity of seeps or streams. In Maryland, this lizard is restricted to the coastal plain (Conant & Collins, 1998: Maryland DNR site).

There are 43 records in the project database.

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A Little Brown Skink in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/19/2009). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Little Brown Skink in Prince Georges Co., Maryland (7/29/2012). Photo by Mike Lathroum. (MBP list)

A Little Brown Skink in Wicomico Co., Maryland (6/11/2016). Photo by Diane Ford. (MBP list)

A Little Brown Skink in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/3/2017). Photo by Katherine Richards. (MBP list)

A Little Brown Skink in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/11/2013). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

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