Great plains skink

This is the largest skink species in the United States. The Great Plains skink can be found in rocky canyon habitats, as well as grasslands and prairies.

Fast Facts

  • The Great Plains skink is an insectivore and eats insects like grasshoppers and caterpillars.
  • This skink can detach its tail in order to distract predators and escape.
  • Mother Great Plains skinks spend the entire summer sheltering and guarding her eggs before they hatch.

Scientific name

Plestiodon obsoletus
Range  Western North America and Central America
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
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