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PostSubject: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Tue May 01, 2012 9:39 am

What native species of lizard is this?
Bonus question: how do you differentiate this species from another similar species that also lives in Virginia?

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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Tue May 01, 2012 10:16 am

I believe it a broad- head skink. The bonus I don't know. The one around here tend to have a redder head. And I've cought a few and been bit by them, they have a good bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Tue May 01, 2012 1:45 pm

That would be a Common Five-lined Skink- Plestiodon fasciatus


Bonus question: how do you differentiate this species from another similar species that also lives in Virginia?

Answer: The Common Five-lined Skink- Plestiodon fasciatus has four upper labial scales where the Broad headed Skink- Plestiodon laticeps has five upper labial scales.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Tue May 01, 2012 9:16 pm

Rats, I got it backwards again?
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Tue May 01, 2012 9:30 pm

This is a slightly better photo of the same animal pictured above.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Wed May 02, 2012 10:15 am

And therefore... a broad head skink. BTW Larry, these little trivia things are awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Wed May 02, 2012 10:18 am

MADKATTER wrote:
And therefore... a broad head skink. BTW Larry, these little trivia things are awesome!
iagree cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia For May 1-May 6   Mon May 07, 2012 11:03 am

So yes. This is in fact a Broad Headed skink: Plastiodon laticeps. The Broad heads have 5 upper labial scales as opposed to the 5-lined skinks, which have only 4.
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