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Skinks: Scincidae - Broad-headed Skink (eumeces Laticeps):species Accounts

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Physical characteristics: Also known as the greater five-lined skink, the broad-headed skink is a brown to brownish gray lizard with darker, although often faint, stripes running from its wide head to the tail. The head of males turns reddish during the mating season. Adults grow to 9.8 inches (25 centimeters) in length.

Geographic range: Broad-headed skinks live mainly in the southeastern quarter of the United States.

Habitat: An excellent climber, the broad-headed skink lives in a variety of areas, including swamps, forests, and even near people, in everything from farm buildings to trash-filled city lots.

Female broad-headed skinks lay six to ten eggs at a time under leaves or in some other hiding spot and stay with them until they hatch. (©Larry L. Miller/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Diet: They spend much of their time looking for insects and other invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), which are animals without backbones, to eat.

Behavior and reproduction: When broad-headed skinks feel threatened, which is quite often for these shy lizards, they quickly dart away. During the breeding season, males jump at and bite each other on the head, neck, or tail. Before long, one of the two fighting lizards will surrender and leave, and the other is left to mate with a female. Females lay six to ten eggs at a time under leaves or in some other hiding spot and stay with them until they hatch.

Broad-headed skinks and people: Most people see these lizards from a distance as they climb along fences or walk along tree branches. They are very shy and run when approached, so people rarely get a close look.

Conservation status: This species is not considered endangered or threatened. ∎

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over 8 years ago

Hello, I have had one as a pet now for 3 months. He is growing on me and not being so shy. He loves to eat all the time. I feed him big meal worms from the local bait shop and he can't get enough. I used sand for him to borrow under and big rock with an opening under it for a cave. I went on a week vacation and turned off the light and let him hibernate and he lived without food for a week.

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over 9 years ago

Hi my name is Holly. Ive had a broad-headed skink living in my garage, under my dryer for 2 years now. He appears when he wants to be fed. I feed any raw red meat or canned dog food,sometimes I go and buy mealy worms --which he really loves. He is so tame,he eats from my hand,although several times it looked like he wanted to eat my fingers instead. LOL also crickets are great. feed as often as he is hungry.

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over 6 years ago

Does anyone know how long they live?

I have a pet Skink.

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over 10 years ago

i really need 2 know how often i can feed my broad headed skink and how long he can last without food.