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BROAD-HEADED SKINK

Broadhead skinks are the largest skinks in our region. Adults are usually olive-brown, and males have orange-red heads which fade by early summer. Adult females are often striped, resembling adult five-lined skinks. The young are dark brown or black with five, sometimes seven, yellow stripes and bright blue tails. Broadhead skinks can be distinguished from five-lined skinks by larger size and five labial (lip) scales rather than four. kinks, particularly young individuals with blue tails, are often called "scorpions" and are thought to have a venomous sting. This myth is false, and although a large skink can deliver a powerful nip, no lizards in the Southeastern United States are dangerous to humans.

Broad Headed Skink

Ten Facts about Broad-headed Skink

  1. Broadhead skinks typically eat arthropods such as earthworms, grasshoppers, butterflies, cockroaches, and small beetles.
  2. They can be found in most habitats but are most common in swamp forests and empty urban lots strewn with debris.
  3. Nests have been found in old sawdust piles, under logs, and under similar surface cover.
  4. Females lay from 8 to 22 eggs in June or July.
  5. Young usually hatch by September.
  6. Adult male broadhead skinks may reach more than a foot in length and develop orange-red heads during certain times of the year.
  7. Life span of up to six years.
  8. The larger the female, the more eggs she will lay.
  9. Males thus often try to mate with the largest female they can find, and they sometimes in engage severe fights with other males over access to a female.
  10. Broad-headed skinks are widely distributed in the south-eastern states of the U.S., from the East Coast to Kansas and eastern Texas and from Ohio to the Gulf Coast.



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